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:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal bracelet + expansion
- Crystal Material: plastic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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; as this watch is currently offered at our
, please message us on Etsy when purchasing this item to request a new crystal.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, 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.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
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.