The history of this watch is uncertain. This mysterious Bulova dubbed the 'Bulova Oak' takes after AP Royal Oak of the same port hole design by Gerald Genta. It is certainly a controversial piece which we have grown to like.


Released in 1980 and quickly discontinued. These were rumoured to have been turned over to AP (who crushed them) to avoid lawsuit.


Genta worked at Bulova during the 60s and it is claimed Bulova rejected his design originally. And later tried to capitalize on APs sucess. True or not, no one knows.


Regardless of this speculation, this is a cool and unique piece. A rarity amongst those who hunt them. The size of Bulova as a company was massive as was their output.


We certainly think these watches will develop a cult follwing and become quite sort after in years to come.


The dial has a cream textured surface with no visible ageing, and date window. The case appears sharp and has some tarnishing on the bezel.


The bracelet has some light scratches and is tight, with little to no stretch.

1980s Bulova Royal Oak Automatic

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  • Reference: 4423901

    Serial: xxxxxxx

    Year: 1980

    Case: Bi metal, Steel/Gold, screwback

    Dial:  Cream, textured dial with date window

    Dimensions: 35.5 mm excluding crown

    Function: Time only with date

    Caliber: 2892

    Strap: Original bi metal bracelet, signed Bulova Clasp