This vintage Bulova Super-Compressor has a glossy black "SWISS" only signed dial that is in pristine condition, free of any visible noticeable scratching, tool marks, chipping or defects. Any imperfections seen are on the crystal. The original lume on the dial and hands, which emits a quick-burst glow after being exposed to bright light, has aged to a perfectly matching very subtle pistachio hue that I think in person looks more buttermilk in color. This watch never came with a bezel. The uniquely finished and beautifully shaped heavy duty case is in wonderful condition, showing light wear, no significant dents or dings and no signs of oxidation.
It has never been polished as its original factory finish remains intact. The outer edge of the case back is stamped "BULOVA WATCH CO - STAINLESS STEEL - ANTI-MAGNETIC - SHOCK RESISTANT" with "SUPER-WATERPROOF" followed by "SWISS MADE, ""666 FEET, ""BREVET + 317537, ""BREVET + 337462, "353690" and "M2 stamped in the center. The inside of the case back, which shows some oxidation around the edge , is stamped "314" followed by 12 - 62. While the integrity of the crystal is intact and it does not look nearly as bad in person as it does in the pictures, this watch would benefit from having a new crystal if for no other reason than to bring out the beauty of the dial.The 17 jewels unadjusted Swiss "BULOVA WATCH CO" and "M3" stamped Bulova 11AFAC automatic movement appears to be in untouched condition. It is exceptionally clean, runs strong and keeps accurate time. After winding the original, sharply threaded "BULOVA" signed non-screwdown bottom crown 39 full revolutions the movement had a solid power reserve of approximately 37 hours. The "BULOVA" signed top crown controls the inner bezel, which moves smoothly bidirectionally. Given that this watch is approximately 55 years old and considering that the movement shows no signs of ever having been serviced (there are no visible watchmaker service markings on the inside of the case back or on the movement), a complete overhaul is recommended. This watch measures approximately 36 mm excluding the crown, approximately 39 mm including the dual crowns and approximately 18mm between the lugs. Case thickness, measured from the bottom of the case back to the top of the mid-case, is approximately 8 mm. Including the crystal case thickness measures approximately 13 mm. Although the movement runs strong and keeps near perfect time, given the vintage nature of this watch and considering that the movement shows no signs of ever having been serviced, there are no warranties, express or implied, attached with the sale of this watch.
Vintage means old and while my personal belief is that old-school means better quality and workmanship, things can and do go wrong from time to time. A full overhaul is recommended to keep this watch running strong. Any servicing costs going forward are your responsibility. And please study the 12 high magnification pictures carefully as they are part of the description and serve as an accurate representation of the condition of this watch.The item "Vintage 1962 Bulova Super-Compressor Divers Watch withPristine Dial, Signed Crowns" is in sale since Saturday, April 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "savethetreestoday" and is located in Issaquah, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, South africa.