Bulova 'Parking Meter' Chronograph

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REF 31008-6W
Automatic-winding
43 MM
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SKU AS09342
Article Number 40991889
ref 31008-6W
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed, black leather strap with a signed, stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box, outer box, and booklet.
overall condition Near-mint condition. Case is outstanding and in virtually-unworn condition. Dial is excellent. Factory leather strap shows minimal signs of wear.
REF 31008-6W
Automatic-winding
43 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09342
Article Number 40991889
ref 31008-6W
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed, black leather strap with a signed, stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box, outer box, and booklet.
overall condition Near-mint condition. Case is outstanding and in virtually-unworn condition. Dial is excellent. Factory leather strap shows minimal signs of wear.

Why We Love it

The 1970s was a golden age for creative industrial design, with watchmaking being particularly fertile ground for innovation.

Oversized cases, bright colors, strange complications — the confluence of the hippie movement with new sporting and leisure activities resulted in specialist timepieces whose fun-loving designs are finding new life today as beloved vintage goods. 

This funky 1970s timepiece is from beloved American-founded brand, Bulova. Housed in an unabashedly curvaceous 43mm stainless case, it features a blue-grey bezel, a flat sapphire crystal, a signed crown at 6 o’clock, and a ‘bullhead’ chronograph pusher configuration at 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock.

The silver dial features a vertical satin finish and a pair of subsidiary registers outlined by a blue silhouette from which this piece gets its nickname — the 'Parking Meter'! The dial additionally features a tachymetre scale displayed on the rehaut, a date window at 3 o’clock, an orange, center-mounted, chrono seconds hand, a matching hand set and a 'T Swiss Made T' signature denoting the use of tritium on the dial.

In near-mint condition, this pieces comes mounted on a period-correct, likely original, leather strap with a signed, stainless steel pin buckle. What's more, this piece is accompanied by its period-correct inner box, outer box, and booklet!

Bulova has one of the most underrated catalogs in the biz and deserves to be recognized and appreciated in any collection!

Brand Story

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The story of Bulova is deeply entwined with American manufacturing. Its founder, a Czech immigrant named Joseph Bulova, was inspired by the advances that Ford made in his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. In 1912, Bulova built a factory in Biel, Switzerland, using Ford’s principles of mass production.

The brand was among the first to offer a wide range of wristwatches for men, with a distinctive visual style that — thanks to its innovative adoption of advertising and a relocation to Astoria, Queens — became fixed in the American imagination. Bulova took over offices in a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and installed an observatory on the roof in order to measure universal time. In the workshop down below, watchmakers timed the watches they were working on against readings taken in the observatory.

The watches that Bulova produced were varied, from handsome three-handers to divers and even chronographs. Bulova produced its first chronographs in the 1940s — single-button affairs with screw-on bezels. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70's, Bulova honed its mastery of such watches.

However, perhaps the brand’s single most important innovation was 1960’s Accutron, a timepiece that used an electric tuning fork in place of a traditional balance wheel. Following on the heels of the Hamilton Electric of 1957, the Accutron featured a guaranteed accuracy of two seconds per day — much better accuracy than that of a contemporary mechanical watch. (The Accutron line was later spun off and relaunched as its own brand in 2020.)

In 1971 a Bulova chronograph accompanied the crew of Apollo 15 into space. When the crystal on astronaut David Scott’s Speedmaster popped off, he strapped on his Bulova, making it the only privately worn watch to ever have been worn on the Moon. (It was subsequently auctioned off for more than $1.625M.)

Currently owned by Citizen Group and headquartered in New York City, Bulova continues to make watches inspired by its long American heritage.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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