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BULOVA-Phantom

BULOVA-Phantom

BULOVA-Phantom

BULOVA-Phantom

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> CASING

18K Gold

BULOVA | Phantom- AKA [Signature Series]

> CALIBRE

> WATER RESIST

> ORIGINAL PRICE

> BRACELET NO.

FUNCTIONS > I have a chronograph

ESA 939 262

NONE

$1500

[Leather]

> INFO

RELEASED | 1979

Think back to the era when LCD (liquid crystal display) technology was new and exciting. Most watches using LCD technology were big and clunky in those days. The Swiss conglomerate Ebauches SA developed an ultra thin movement and sold it to Bulova at a time when Bulova was trying to re-establish their image as an innovative watchmaking company. Bulova introduced the first Phantom in 1979 as the world's thinnest watch at 1.86mm. It was sold as an 18K solid gold model including bracelet at an amazing $5,000! They were reportedly very fragile and of the 28 pieces made, most were returned, non-working. Bulova had the movement reinforced slightly to the ESA 939 362 movement this watch has, and stiffened the bezel with an added thin plate on top, reintroducing the watch in this gold plated version at 3mm thick - still incredibly thin as you can see in the photos. Shortly after the Phantom reintroduction, Seiko introduced a thinner luxury model - only 1.79mm thick, and an inexpensive 4mm model that quickly put an end to Bulova's Phantom experiment.

 

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Digital watches with a calculator function Watches from Casios Casiotron range Watches with data storage functions Digital watches with an analgue and digital face Digital watches with an analogue face represented by lcd segments Digital watches that are water resistant to 200 meters and over Digital Watches sold to assist exercise Digital watches with games Digital watches for children Digital watches in the Movies Vintage Catalogues
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