Friday, April 27, 2012

Bulova 16AC/6497 Pocket to Wrist Watch Conversion Part 2 - Completion

I decided to post better pics of the Bulova that I finished as SWC0003. This dial is progressively more distressed than my prototype Hamilton and under the glass, the finish grows on me more and more every time.
Once you see the back with the presentation style lid and see the gilt movement, the strap I feel complements the watch well.
And a bit closer look of the Bulova 16AC and you can see that that is an Swiss era Bulova just from the movement's iconic look that immediately identify the movement as a 6497.
The Swatch Group for those of you that may not be aware bought out ETA SA who has manufactured movements for various manufactures since the 18th century and it was ETA that designed the 6497 movement which is a very accurate pocket watch movement with a sub-dial second hand at 6'0 clock in an open face lay out. It was the 6497 and the Cortebert 616's DNA you see in pocket watches from the turn of the 20th century from American companies like Hamilton and E Howard (Keystone era) that put out the 10-size american pocket watch.

Here an example of an ETA SA 6497-1

Speaking of the 6497 as completed for other manufacturers via the Swatch Group, I have been considering a Hamilton Master Piece Caliber 870 build in the near future...

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