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Bulova conqueror 1926

#1 Post by PedroA » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:55 am

After a year, finally I have restored my 1926 Bulova Conqueror :D . This is the second Conquerorl I restore. I hope you like it.

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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#2 Post by Paleotime » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:47 am

Very nice work....I have one in my project box as well - but it is 1928 so the "Lone Eagle" rather than the Conqueror
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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#3 Post by PedroA » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:58 pm

Thanks. Although the dial of your lone seems damage, with a new crystal and hands you will have a very nice model. 10AN movement?

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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#4 Post by Paleotime » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:03 pm

The dial is in tough shape - but it maybe isn't as bad as the crystal makes it seem. Still I am keeping an eye out for a better dial. I have a new glass crystal for it also, and I have a stock of correct hands that I have hoarded. The movement is the 17j version of the 9AT. Thanks for your response - good to have another Bulova person hanging around here...
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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#5 Post by afire » Tue May 01, 2018 7:51 am

I mentioned this in another thread a while back, but I'm convinced Bulova used some special treatment on its WGF (or maybe all GF) cases in this era. You'd never see such obviously well-worn watches from other makers where the GF has little or no trace of brassing. I'm guessing that they were plated with a harder metal over the GF. Maybe rhodium or something.
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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#6 Post by PedroA » Wed May 02, 2018 11:44 pm

Paleotime, the dial will be difficult and the movement rare if it has some problem but I'm sure you will restore the watch perfectly.

Afire, you are righ. The cases surely has a special treatament because more of them are in perfect conditions although movements and dials are with rust.

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Re: Bulova conqueror 1926

#7 Post by Paleotime » Fri May 04, 2018 9:55 am

Pedro - thanks for the vote of confidence. I really don't mind dials with a lot of "character"...I am fortunate to have been collecting Bulovas of this age for awhile and I maintain a pretty good inventory of parts and parts movements. Time and laziness are the main reasons this watch isn't on my wrist yet.

I would also agree that the white GF Bulova cases must be plated with something harder. The Green and Yellow don't fare anywhere near as well. There are some exceptions to the white case rule - any of the mitered corner square cases (like the Ambassador) from the mid to late 1920's can be difficult to find in un-brassed condition.
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