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Introduction to Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches - Experts Watches

Introduction to Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches

Are you a fan of classic timepieces with a touch of sophistication? Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches might just be the perfect addition to your collection. These iconic timepieces have stood the test of time and continue to be a favorite among watch enthusiasts.

Bucherer Bullhead with Lemania 872

What Makes Vintage BullHead Chronograph Watches Special?

With their unique design featuring the crown and pushers located at the top of the watch case, Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches stand out from the crowd. This distinctive layout not only adds a stylish element but also makes it easier to operate the chronograph functions.

For many that wear watches as wrist enthusiast, it is always worn on the wrist. But watches used for the function like racing watches are worn over racing suit, astronaut wear their Omega SpeedMaster Over their astronaut suit, military pilots wear flight suit, divers wear there watches over their diving suit, and etc.  Which can block the access to the watch function or limit the access. Which is the lasting thing you want to do is to prevent access to the chronograph button or limit the access of the chronograph function. Plus the shape of the watch is meant to have the buttons pop up on the wrist for easier access. Also they are very cool to look at. 

By default all BullHead watches are Chronograph watches, and have the function on top of the watch. Some companies like Seiko make Unicorn watches with the crown on at the 12 O'Clock which is a conversation for another time. 

Omega BullHead Chronograph Watch

When you lookup BullHead watch, the first few results will lead you to Omega. Which one of the best known BullHead watches ever produced and one of my favorites.  The Omega Reference ST.146.0011 (above), which was part of the international Seamaster Chronostop collection in 1970.

The History Behind Vintage BullHead Chronograph Watches

Originally introduced in the the late 1960s early 1970's. Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches quickly gained popularity for their innovative design and precision timekeeping. These watches were often used by racing drivers and sports enthusiasts due to their reliable performance and durability due to much bigger casing.

Many popular Swiss watch brands had similar models, including companies like Omega, Breitling, Bucherer, Bulova, Sicura, Tissot, Rotary, and Lemania who manufactured most of the movements and OEM for many of the watch companies; not to mention a number of brands that have disappeared within the last 50 years. Switzerland, however, wasn’t the only watch manufacturing country to produce BullHead watches; Japanese companies like Citizen and Seiko manufactured bullheads as well.

Below is the image of Carronade BullHead Watch using a Valjoux 7734 modified. 


BullHead Watch

Why Choose a Vintage BullHead Chronograph Watch?

When you invest in a Vintage BullHead Chronograph watch, you're not just buying a timepiece – you're owning a piece of history. These watches are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and are built to last for generations. With their timeless design and exceptional functionality, Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches  are a true collector's item.

Whether you're a seasoned watch collector or a newcomer to the world of horology, Vintage BullHead Chronograph watches are sure to impress. Explore our collection today and discover the beauty and craftsmanship of these iconic timepieces.

Also as was stated before The bullhead is a unique type of chronograph watch that stands out due to its distinctive design. Unlike traditional Chronograph watches, the BullHead has its crown and chronograph pushers positioned on top of the case, resembling the head of a bull with its horns.

Lemania Bullhead Watch with Lemania 872

In some cases, the crown may be located at the bottom of the case. These watches typically have larger and thicker cases compared to regular chronograph watches. The asymmetrical shape of the case adds to its charm, with the top portion being wider and thicker than the bottom. This design feature tilts the dial towards 6 o'clock, allowing for easier time reading. The rarity of bullhead watches adds to their allure, as they were produced in limited quantities, making them highly sought-after by watch collectors. The unconventional sizes and shapes of their cases further contribute to their desirability.

There are few types of movements found in a vintage BullHead watches. The Omega 872 which is based on famous Omega 861 and made by Lemania. Followed by the Valjoux 7733 and 7734 (the latter having a date feature). The Breitling BullHead used a Valjoux 7740 based on Caliber 12 movement.


Bucherer Omega 872 movement for a bullhead watch

Lastly, in the group comprises watches that utilize inexpensive, lower-quality pin-lever calibers. In these cases, the watch's appearance might be the only appealing aspect. BullHead watches, in general, have a unique and funky appearance, with various colors, shapes, and forms on the dial. The cases are predominantly made of steel or rhodium-plated in the more affordable versions, while a few models feature gold-plated cases with a thin layer of gold that tends to wear off easily. These watches are produced much later in time.

Bucherer Bullhead watch

It is important to note that BullHead watches site differently on the wrist with most BullHead watches having thicker case at the top. However, for watch enthusiasts seeking something distinctive from the norm, a genuine 70s BullHead watch might be the perfect choice. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that you can typically find a decent example of one for less than $2,000.

Breitling Bullhead

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