Bulova 1924 -Non-Conforming

Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1924
Movement Symbol: 
Asterisk
Movement Model: 
10A
Movement Jewels: 
16
Movement Serial No.: 
134459
Case Serial No.: 
348338
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Other
Crystal Details: 
20x20mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

  I discovered this a few days ago, I have never seen this model and I've bought and sold 100's of Bulovas.

Two-Tone Case and two-tone Dial, Salmon and Silver.

Case size is 26x34mm minus crown and lug to lug, made Diel Watch Case Co.

Hooded Lugs take Female Springbars.

I'm assuming that the Hands are replacements

3 piece Hinged Case, glass crystal.

Thanks I hope you enjoy and maybe figure out the Name or Model #.

 

 

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1924 Bulova watch
1924 Bulova watch
1924 Bulova watch
1924 Bulova watch
1924 Bulova watch
Alex
Posted February 6, 2017 - 8:13pm

Panel Member

Dear Diamondjim, a very nice watch indeed with a design I personally like having this two tone dial etc.About the watch I can say a few things: the design is typical from the early 40's. being square and having the two tone dial. One of the first watches with similar design style is the Westchester from 1941, see als the ads on this website. That means that the 10A movement from 1924 is a replacement. Also, to the best of my knowledge, Diel has never supplied Bulova. That means that there is a high possibility that your watch is a "Franken" watch, put together from various parts. Hence: non-conforming but very nice! Let's see what the other members can add.

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Reverend Rob
Posted February 7, 2017 - 11:17am

Panel Member

I'm going to have to agree with Alex, this is a Non Conforming watch. The outer chapter ring is obscured by the opening in the bezel, which indicates they don't go together. Also, as noted, Diel watch case co. was not a supplier to Bulova. 

It's important to note, that at the time watchmakers and various jewelers repair shops were tasked with coming up with a satisfactory result for a customer's watch. This may have been because the movement was damaged or the case was completely worn out. Regardless, there would have been little concern for the 'correctness' of the repair, as long as the customer was aware that the watch was being transformed in a way. This type of thing happened often, but less so as we climb the ladder of price and luxury. The idea of Vintage watches is a relatively new one, before this it was Antique watches, and this almost always meant pocket watches.

This may have been an all-Bulova watch that had a badly worn case, or it may have been some other brand, that had a badly damaged movt. Either way, two viable things came together and the customer had a viable watch. Pocket watch collectors will also know that this was extremely common in years past, when similar situations would necessitate the swapping of a case or movt, particularly when the case had been melted down for the scrap gold value. Many orphan movts are destroyed in this process.

So it's not 100% Bulova, as I always say to my customers, 'Do you like it?' That's all that matters ultimately.

jabs
Posted February 7, 2017 - 5:30am

Panel Member

Agree with Non-conforming identification

Geoff Baker
Posted February 7, 2017 - 7:25am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hello Dinamondjim, welcome to myBulova. It may be an aftermarket case but I rather like it. Nothing ordinary about this one. My guess is that this case was 1940-50's era, the movement much older. We call watches that seem to be assembled using some non-Bulova components "Non-Conforming".

mybulova_admin
Posted February 7, 2017 - 9:25pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Non-conforming, but what I like about this is the dust-proof cover.  A variation of the Bulova patent.

Can we see more of that component.

diamondjim
Posted February 8, 2017 - 11:58pm

  Thanks everyone for your informed opinions, I've had a few other dust-proof cases.

  Nice catch on the Outer Chapter ring, I missed that one.

  I did discover that this is a named case by Diel, "Belmont" stamped very lightly.

  I can't figure out how to post photos to a response, it was easy for the original post.

  Thanks again it's been a while since I last visited.

  Jim