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1980's Bulova mechanicals - like the two-tone 1989 Bulova Super Seville “Day-Date” automatic here - brings a combination of handsome vintage and engineering to the wrist without breaking the bank. Of course, the watch bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain popular Swiss watch brand “Day-Date,” but let’s disregard that – it’s quite a bit less expensive, at that!  The Super Seville is a classic dress watch and can double as a black-tie watch or casual weekend wearer.


Coming in at just over 36mm wide, sans screw down crown, and with a closely executed ‘President’-style signed bracelet, the Super Seville is classy without the usual likewise impressive price point.


Bulova was once the world’s largest manufacturer of wrist watches – in fact, in the 19th century, Bulova went from strength to strength, in particular during the Cold War, when it was used for a wide range of national security applications, from the NASA space program (where it was adopted as cockpit instrument panel timers for manned space flight in the U.S.’s Gemini and Apollo programs) to its use in the hypersonic X-15 rocket plane program, launched from under the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress at high altitude and flew at speeds of up to 4,500 mph.


Many X-15 pilots qualified for astronaut wings as they flew high enough to have been considered to have reached the fringes of space.  And of course, within the cockpit of the fastest plane ever made, Lockheed’s A-12 spy plane, which handled classified aircraft development programs for the U.S. military and the CIA.  Omega may get all the credit, but Bulova played an undeniable role.


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 a grand reward of...$1,000.


This handsome Bulova Super Seville comes on a matching two-tone bracelet, and with nylon strap, rugged travel case, and springbar tool.

Two-Tone 1989 Bulova Super Seville Day-Date Automatic

  • DIAL: Brilliant gold Bulova-signed dial, with matching beautifully aged stick hands, Tritium lume throughout hands and dial shines.  All dial writing remains crisply legible.


    CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 37mm (39mm with crown) x 44.5mm, with matching caseback.  Fluted gold bezel remains nicely intact, and the caseback inscriptions remain crisp.


    CRYSTAL: Saphire cyclops crystal, scratch-free.


    BAND: This Super Seville comes on a high-quality aftermarket two-tone gold and stainless-steel bracelet, designed to closely mirror the bracelet this watch departed the factory with; this bracelet will fit up to an approx. 8.5 inch wrist.  This Bulova also comes with a nylon grey, white, and beige strap.


    MOVEMENT: 17-jewel ETA 2834-2 automatic mechanical movement, which can also be manually wound; the movement is engraved with "P9," dating the watch to 1989.  We have performed a full service on this Super Seville.


    CROWN: Bulova-signed screw-down gold crown.

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