This 1950's Bulova Small Seconds mechncial watch brings a combination of handsome vintage and the engineering to your wrist without breaking the bank. Before the Quartz Crisis, adding new complications to a watch was a feat of engineering - but this watch is characterized by its simplicity, right down to its separate seconds subdial complication. 


In 1875, a young Czech immigrant named Joseph Bulova set up shop in New York City, and his expertise carried over into his watchmaking career, which began around 1911 with boudoir clocks and pocket watches, and soon evolved to include what was then one of the latest and most fashionable technological innovations: the wristwatch. Bulova introduced its first line of wristwatches in 1919. Manufacturing watches at their factory in Biel (Switzerland), Bulova began a standardized mass production never seen in the world of watchmaking until then.


The company grew and prospered, and soon early radio and television ads were declaring, "America runs on Bulova time." In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic nonstop. His crossing earned him a Bulova Watch and a check for $1000. In the 1950s, continuing its legacy of innovation, Bulova introduced Accutron, the first electronic watch, and the first breakthrough in timekeeping technology in over 300 years.


This Bulova comes with a lizard strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.

1950's Bulova Small Seconds Mechanical Watch

  • DIAL: Brilliant black Bulova-signed dial, with original beautifully aged dauphin hands, and a stylish rendering of the "12."

    CASE: Original 32.5mm (35mm with crown) x 39mm stainless steel case, original caseback.

    CRYSTAL: Original acrylic crystal, scratch-free.

    BAND: Hirsh brown lizard strap, with stainless steel hardware. This watch also comes with a black nylon NATO strap.

    MOVEMENT: Original 17-jewel Bulova in-house mechanical movement.

    CROWN: Original Bulova-signed stainless steel crown.