General Omar Bradley's Special Bulova Accutron

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General Omar Bradley's Special Bulova Accutron

Post by koimaster » July 5th 2017, 8:56am

Finding an actual Bulova Accutron watch owned and worn by five star General Omar Bradley was a surprise. I knew that Bradley, who rose to command the U.S. First Army during World War II, had been Chairman of the Board of Bulova from 1958 to 1973, and that watches bearing the five star insignia had once existed, but of these watches there was no sign – no photographs, even on Bulova enthusiast websites.

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Re: General Omar Bradley's Special Bulova Accutron

Post by svaglic » June 27th 2019, 9:40pm

artman wrote:
koimaster wrote:
Jcptom wrote:I have one of these that was given to me by General Bradley



Really?

I'd like to hear that story.


Me too, that story would be great to hear about
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Post by conjurer » June 27th 2019, 10:07pm

svaglic wrote:
artman wrote:
koimaster wrote:
Jcptom wrote:I have one of these that was given to me by General Bradley



Really?

I'd like to hear that story.


Me too, that story would be great to hear about


What I'd like to know is if Bradley had a big schnoz like Karl Malden's in the movie Patton.
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Post by Jcptom » June 27th 2019, 11:15pm

In 1970 I was stationed at USMA at West Point my
As a aide to the superintendent in September of that year I was tasked with setting up a party for General Bradley at the Waldorf in nyc to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 5th star
After the party the General invited me up to his suite
In the Waldorf he had a full time suite there
We talked for quite awhile he wanted to know about my experience in Vietnam l had just returned 2mo prior
As I got up to leave he took the watch off his wrist and gave it to me I said I could not take it he said it’s a order son so I said thanks
He told me that as CEO of Bulova he could ge a another one
And no he has a regular nose
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » June 28th 2019, 6:32pm

What I'd really like to know, is why do these two "five-star" Accutrons have the stars arranged differently. The one in the link has them rather small, and at a distance from each other. The new guy's watch has them so close, that they almost touch one another. We're talking of the same model, not unlikely the same batch. A very small batch.

I reserve my right to disbelieve Hodinkee and the new guy alike. Hodinkee, because I know them tossers all too well, and because they're the Donkeys - and, well, fuck the Donkeys. The new guy, because I don't know him at all.

I don't mean it as an accusation thrown at anyone. It's just that I've seen maybe one or two instances of a genuine provenance, in every 50-60 "watches with (insert some jaw-dropping thing here) provenance." Yes, it's OCD, and it's paranoia. But if I wasn't paranoid, I wouldn't be good at this hobby in the first place.
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Re: General Omar Bradley's Special Bulova Accutron

Post by bobbee » June 28th 2019, 8:10pm

Here is another one just like the new members watch, with the stars close together.

https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1967-a ... endar-9987

I find it strange that the one in the Hodonkee article not only is different, but the dial is peeling in places. More, why has this one in the article come in a box, when General Bradley reportedly stripped the watches from his wrist, then handed them to the recipient?
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Re: General Omar Bradley's Special Bulova Accutron

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » June 29th 2019, 4:57am

Good to see you back in action, Bob. So, the new guy's watch is OK. The Donkey watch isn't. Welcome to the joint, new guy.


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