Bulova 1925 Ramona

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Manufacture Year: 
1925
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
6N
Movement Jewels: 
16
Movement Serial No.: 
57562
Case Serial No.: 
1626349
Case shape: 
CornerCut
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

Hi all I hope you can help me identify this lovely ladies watch. It has a hinged case which is marked on the inside :- Bulova quality. Filled. 1626349. The movement is a 16 jewel 2 adjusted 6N. and has the circle mark and the serial number 57562. The watch has a sapphire crown, and the catch on the bracelet 

has the same engraving on it as does the back of the watch case.

I bought the watch as a non runner. it wont wind as someone has tinkered with it and broken the screw in the click. I don't know whether it would be possible to repair this, apart from that the balance wheel seems to be ok all it may require apart from the click screw is a service. It would be nice to be able to get this little watch working again.

regards to all

donegd

 

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Alex
Posted July 10, 2015 - 10:54am

Panel Member

Very nice watch Donegd. This shape that I call the cut corner tonneau shape started life as the 6722 and later got the name "Ramona".  Checking the full page ads, it was advertised in 1923 as the 6722 and is then advertised many times in 1926 as Ramona. So, no ads for this shape in 1925. The year your watch is from. But since Bulova started giving names to their models as from end 1924, I would call your watch Ramona. It comes with a nice gold number dial that is found more often on 1925 models. Also your 16 jewel 6N is typical for 1924/25. Both golden dial and 16 jewel movements were not advertised as such but very common for that year. All in all, a very nice Ramona. I am mobile at he moment so cannot post the ad. Will do that later. 

jabs
Posted July 10, 2015 - 2:24pm

Panel Member

Good find Ramona, donegd

1926 Bulova Ramona watch

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William Smith
Posted July 10, 2015 - 3:29pm

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Yep I agree w/ Ramona ID.  Nice watch

JP
Posted July 10, 2015 - 7:24pm

Panel Member

Ramona from me too.

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William Smith
Posted July 11, 2015 - 2:03am

Club 5000Panel Member

Well now, if this were a few years later, it could it be a Romola?  Remember the Romola, and the slight difference was the dial and a few years? 
Here's two 1928 and one 1929 Remola ad, next to subject dial.  The dial does kinda match that of the Remola, but subject watch is a few years younger.
 

1929 ad 

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William Smith
Posted July 14, 2015 - 4:56am

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To Date
Alex, Jabs, Will, JP: "1925 Ramona"

Any other panel members (or others) have a different take on ID?

Geoff Baker
Posted July 14, 2015 - 7:56am

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Ramona works for me.

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 14, 2015 - 11:18am

Panel Member
 

Ramona for me also, the 6N is from a Sonceboz 246 ebauche. 

Richard Callamaras
Posted July 16, 2015 - 9:57am

The only issue I have here is the subject watch has a break in the pattern at each corner. And there is a flower in each of those breaks were the romona only has a single rope pattern around the perimeter. I have this watch also and it is beautiful! But the romona looks like a re badged lady maxim from 1922. (See watchophilia) for several ads) this watch has a much wider and pitched bezel on the case. Unknown for me.

Alex
Posted July 16, 2015 - 10:52am

Panel Member

Indeed there are subtle differences in the engraving between gold filled and solid gold models. The adverts tend to be drawings of the solid gold version. I personally have 3 versions of this shape: an early 6722 of 19K. That has a "single rope" as you nicely describe it all around the bezel. Then a 14K one. That one is exactly like the ad Jabs posted here. As you can see in the drawing, it has a little cross at north-east-south-west (so 4 in total) from where the "cable" depart. The third one I have is the gold filled model. The 4 crosses at north-east-south-west are now little round flowers, and guess what, there are indeed 4 additional flowers: one in each of the "cut corners" as you rightly remark. So in total 8 round little flowers. But for me these are small differences in engraving between solid gold and gold filled versions as you will see in many examples (Priscilla etc.). The watch is however uniquely identified by this basic shape that I call "Cut Corner Tonneau" and that exists in only one model: Ramona, earlier called 6722, but that subsequently went though several name changes (see the ads that William posted): Romola as from 1928, then Corinthia as from the ad of 21 September 1929, then Lenore as from the ad of 30 December 1930.