Bulova 1924 Princine

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Manufacture Year: 
1924
Movement Symbol: 
Asterisk
Movement Model: 
6TA
Movement Jewels: 
16
Movement Serial No.: 
37700
Case Serial No.: 
4027472
Case shape: 
Oval
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

I picked up this really early ladies watch.  The watch needs a good cleaning and a lug repair, but all in all not to bad for the year.

I believe this to be the model as there are several 1924 Ads which seems to work.

 

EDIT 2012.10.17  Corrected typo in movement field from 6AT to 6TA based on photos.  Will

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mybulova_admin
Posted January 3, 2012 - 12:39am

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Looks good to me. 3 stars.

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William Smith
Posted September 26, 2012 - 5:43pm

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Looks like the movment model is a 6TA. Perhaps typo in root record?

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DarHin
Posted September 26, 2012 - 6:47pm

I think you're right Will. Dr Ranfft has a 6TAA 17j listed. He dates it to ca. 1925 but to me the styling looks older than the subject movement.

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&a&2uswk&Bulova_6TAA

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William Smith
Posted September 26, 2012 - 7:29pm

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...and that 6 in Dr Ranfft's example sure looks like a G at first glance.  I have no idea what the other number listed under :example" is - the  166112.  Almost looks like the example has two serial numbers, one next to Bulova (10311) and another on the far left.  Neither of them look like  166112. "Styling" does look older than subject watch.

Thanks DarHin

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 26, 2012 - 7:01pm

6 TA

Doubtful the Watch had an actual model Name in 1924 - ad Dated '24 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1924-AD2.jpg

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William Smith
Posted September 26, 2012 - 8:06pm

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Good point. I bet the "name" was a "number".  Nothing matching in earlier ads. Similar to 1923 model 6716 case, but 6716  is 17jewels/exploding dial.  I'm seeing a few 1926 ads for Princine, including:

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 26, 2012 - 8:29pm

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6T, 6TA, 6TAA, and 6E, all the same ebauche: FHF 344. 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 27, 2012 - 3:57am

Sorry Gents but I'm not seeing the smooth arc of the Case Bezel as on the 'PRINCINE' either

The subject Watch has 3 distinct sections to the arc of it's Case - exemplified in the image above and as shown on the Watch in 1924 ad2 linked in My prior post.

'UNKNOWN'

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William Smith
Posted September 27, 2012 - 3:56am

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Good eye.  I don't see those three "angles" in the 1926 ads, which are the basis for the ID.

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bobbee
Posted September 27, 2012 - 10:06am

Yep, nice pickup Mark.

EDIT:- Also the engraving does not match any of the Princine watches or ads in DB, Princine has "laurel leaf" style engraving, subject has the earlier style.