Bulova 17J wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, off-white metal dial with a brushed finish, raised round and rectangular markers set with clear crystal inserts, black hash-mark minute markers and a seconds register at 6 o'clock has some small specks and a little patina near the edge in places, gold steel whip-style hands, heavy smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) rectangular case with a slender bezel supporting a faceted heavy plastic crystal and elaborate comma-shaped extended lugs, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a few small spots of brass starting to show, measures approx. 21mm wide x 36mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included), unusual yellow gold plated (YGP) tight-mesh band with smooth polish finals between the watch lugs has a section of YGP & stainless steel (SS) expansion band instead of a traditional watch buckle, band is showing some wear to the color along with a small depression on one of the expansion band links, but is overall still in excellent shape. A distinctive, high quality vintage wrist watch in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1940s
- Company: Bulova
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Dial Details: crystal-insert markers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: fancy crystal
Case Width, without crown:
21mm (0.83 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal bracelet + expansion
- Crystal Material: plastic
We have included this watch in our Mechanic's Special section because it is currently in our office queue for maintenance. Often, a cleaning and service is all the watch will need to get it back to the level of running condition we strive for in our active sales catalog. However, on occasion a more serious problem may have presented itself with the watch. If you are interested in more information on the status of this watch, the anticipated maintenance needed on it, or to purchase this watch AS-IS, please contact us
If you decide to purchase this watch in its current non-running condition, we do NOT
offer our standard 30-day return on any Mechanic's Special items.
On these items, all sales are AS IS and FINAL.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for wrist watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; however, we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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