These are known as the Bulova Royal Oak because of the obvious similarities with the legendary Audemars Piguet. They are not the same quality as the AP of course, but you can get the look for a fraction of the price. They were not produced for long, and the suspicion is that Audemars Piguet’s lawyers sent a nasty letter asking Bulova to stop making them. The Bulova watch was not designed by Gerald Genta unlike the real Royal Oak, despite lots of claims to the contrary. Reference number 4240101
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the serial number on the movement and on the inside of the case back we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1979.
The very best of these are available for in excess of £2,500. While this watch is good, the bracelet clasp is not the original signed item, and the hexagonal crown has lost some plating. The dial however is clean, and the unpolished case is quite straight. Importantly the bracelet is long enough for most wrists. The movement inside is an ETA 2892, which is still the base model for many fine watches. It is very thin for an automatic movement, runs at 28,000 bph, and has hacking for precise timekeeping. Being such a widely used movement you can also guarantee future servicing will be easy and affordable. The Bulova Royal Oak has echoed the Audemars Piguet over the past few years in rapidly increased values – it is now collectible in its own right. This is the all steel automatic model, which is the most desirable (you can find quartz watches and gold plated bezels versions too).
This watch will be supplied with a correct period Bulova wooden presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 37.2 mm
Width without crown 35.0 mm
Lug to lug length 44.1 mm
Case Thickness 8.2 mm
Bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of 193 mm. The bracelet can be sized for you if you give us your wrist size when placing the order.
All sizes are approximate.
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