Bulova Wrist Alarm
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
We’ve joined forces with our friends at 10:25 Vintage, a New York-based operation with a shared enthusiasm for interesting vintage timepieces, to bring you a robust handpicked collection that is both exceptional and affordable. Perfect for the discerning collector on a budget, these pieces provide an excellent entry point to the joys of vintage watches.
Before quartz watches were the norm, adding new features to a watch was a feat of engineering - a marvel in its own right. Over the years, watch manufacturers of all sizes competed on designing and developing all types of so-called complications as part of their watches. Calendars, chronographs, and GMT complications are all well and good, but there’s something fun and unique (and let’s face it, pretty practical) about a mechanical alarm on your wrist.
In addition to displaying the time, the mechanical movement features a secondary manually-wound spring which, when wound and released operates an audible buzzer, alerting the wearer at a pre-set time. This buzzer not only makes noise, but physically vibrates the watch, noticeable both on the wrist or when placed on a hard surface - making the watch usable as an alarm clock as well!
While most collectors think of brands like Vulcain and Jager-LeCoultre when thinking of alarm watches, Bulova was also a major player, producing a number of wrist alarm variants starting in the late 1950’s. This particular example dates to 1968 and features Bulova’s in house alarm movement, the Cal. 11 AERC. With a handsome 34mm case, beautifully aged dauphine hands, and a distinctive alarm hand, this Bulova brings the charm and engineering of a proper mechanical alarm to your wrist without breaking the bank.
Given the relatively complicated (pun intended) nature of this watch, a short primer is in order. This model has two crowns, but they share a common barrel. To wind the watch and the alarm, wind the upper crown at 2:00. Note that winding is not possible with the alarm enabled. To set the time, pull the upper crown and set the time as usual. To set the alarm, wind the bottom crown at 4:00- please note that it can only be set in reverse. To enable the alarm, pull the bottom crown out. To disable it, leave it pushed in.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
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.
Bulova Wrist Alarm