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: Bulova 96A108 new movement?



bil2k
07-22-2011, 11:00 AM
I purchased a Bulova 96A108 and like it just fine. However, I just noticed the movement appears to be different than than product photo's on Amazon's product page and I'm curious if anyone has more info on it. Near the center screw it says, "Japan 1727" and clearly the weight is different. Also around the case back B1 is etched opposed to B0.

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Compare those pics to the ones here: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91Aty6CwmLL._AA1500_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/912PIlQ1bkL._AA1500_.jpg

Does anyone have more info on it?

alton1
07-27-2011, 06:36 AM
Hey bil2k, Welcome to the Bulova & Accutron Forum, here at Watch Talk Forums. :cool1: Hopefully, the following informationa about your particular watch will be helpful to you.


The Bulova 96A108 is one of the models of the Bulova BVA 100 series. It features a Citizen Miyota 9015 82S0 21 jewel automatic movement with a front view skeleton and exhibition caseback.

Here is a link that will take you directly to information on that watch's Miyota (Citizen Group) movement that is also being used in Bulova: MIYOTA 82S0/ 82S5/ 82S7 Automatic Movement with Front View Skeleton (http://www.citizen.co.jp/miyota_mvt/download/pdf/spec_82S0_S5_S7.pdf)

And this is the Miyota Movement Specifications' homepage (http://www.citizen.co.jp/miyota_mvt/download/index.html#8215)

Follow the left column down to where you see the Caliber number 82S0 and you will find a virtual wealth of information on that movement, including pdf documents showing schematic diagram; pictures of the watch face (using a Citizen watch in this case); parts list; and instructions!


The Citizen Miyota 9015-82S0 movement used in the 96A108 is well-respected in the industry, and is a quality movement. I have a couple of Bulova's and Citizen watches using various versions of Miyota movements (although, not this particular configuration).

The B0 etched into the caseback is more than likely a Date code. Using an educated guess, I would say that where B0 would indicate the year 2010, B1 would be indicative of a watch's being manufactured in 2011.

Hope this helps you out some. ...and again, Welcome! :thumbup1:

bil2k
07-27-2011, 08:47 AM
Hi Alton1,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

What are your thoughts on the actual movement looking way different than the pictures of the same watch on Amazon? When you look through the skeleton back, you'll notice mine (B1) has more plates covering up rotors and the inner workings, where original "B0" on Amazon seems more open and see-through.

-Bill

alton1
07-27-2011, 03:07 PM
Hi Alton1,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

What are your thoughts on the actual movement looking way different than the pictures of the same watch on Amazon? When you look through the skeleton back, you'll notice mine (B1) has more plates covering up rotors and the inner workings, where original "B0" on Amazon seems more open and see-through.

-Bill

I'll take a look at the 2 photos and make a comparison, but it probably has to do with the position of the rotor in each of the 2 different photos. As the rotor moves when the watch is turned to different angles, you'll see different parts of the mechanism. I would think that is the explanation. Later, when I get some free time, I'll take a closer look. It is highly unlikely that it is anything more than that.

alton1
07-27-2011, 03:10 PM
Hi Alton1,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

What are your thoughts on the actual movement looking way different than the pictures of the same watch on Amazon? When you look through the skeleton back, you'll notice mine (B1) has more plates covering up rotors and the inner workings, where original "B0" on Amazon seems more open and see-through.

-Bill

Your welcome, Bill
I'll take a look at the 2 photos and make a comparison, but it probably has to do with the position of the rotor in each of the 2 different photos. As the rotor moves when the watch is turned to different angles, you'll see different parts of the mechanism. I would think that is the explanation. Later, when I get some free time, I'll take a closer look. It is highly unlikely that it is anything more than that.

dsr
06-19-2012, 11:10 AM
When you look through the skeleton back, you'll notice mine has more plates covering up rotors and the inner workings, where Amazon seems more open and see-through.

-Bill



I know this was posted a while back, but something I found out recently might help other Bulova owners play 'spot the difference', between these two watches.

I've been told from a UK Bulova dealer that the rear of yours (Japan 1727 and enclosed movement plate) is either from Malaysia or Hong Kong. Movements made in Japan only have Japan marked below the screw and not Japan 1727, or 1726 above the screw. The 9A120 model has 1726 above the screw as opposed to 1727.

In the UK all the Bulovas with the Miyota movement are the same as per the Amazon pic, all those I have seen imported from the USA are similar to yours.

I hope this may be of help to someone ?

Road Rash
06-22-2012, 01:09 PM
The movement in the 96A113 I received on Father's day looks like the one in the Amazon link in the first post (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91Aty6CwmLL._AA1500_.jpg) only I have a 1641 under Japan. I'm assuming the B2 on my caseback indicates a 2012 build date.

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