Bulova 1930 Diana

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2.835
Manufacture Year: 
1930
Movement Symbol: 
Omega
Movement Model: 
5AP
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
unknown
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Diana, with Kreisler band containing 8 clear rectangular stones
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

I don't know anything about watches, except what I've read here the past few months.  I received this watch in my late mother's belongings.  I believe it may have belonged to her mother, as my mother was born in 1935.  This sat in her jewelry box my entire life.  My sisters put it in the throw away pile but I thought it was worth holding on to.  I can't find much of anything online about the Diana, which I believe may be from 1930.  Wondering if it is rare and if there is value?  I haven't been able to identify the band, other than it says Kreisler Quality Gold Cont 025 USA.  Thanks for any info, this seems to be a very informative site.  Willing to sell.

Luanne

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OldTicker
Posted April 11, 2013 - 12:18pm

Here is a little bit better ad for the Diana with a description...

Looks like it should have 2 Diamonds with 4 Sapphires or Emeralds...I see the Diamonds on yours, but are the rest missing or is that what is along the sides of the crystal?

lturchetti
Posted April 11, 2013 - 12:31pm

They are there, sapphires I believe. Two on each side near the diamonds.

lturchetti
Posted April 11, 2013 - 12:37pm

I also do not know - are the stones genuine or simulated...

OldTicker
Posted April 11, 2013 - 12:52pm

I see them now, looks like they are right at the end of the semi-circle that the Diamond is in...Usually the Diamonds or stone on all Bulova watches are real, the band maybe not so much.

It looks like it was sold with a filigree style band that also had matching stones, so at one point the band was changed.

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William Smith
Posted April 11, 2013 - 12:49pm

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Luanne Can you tell us if there's anything stamped on the outside case back? Please and thanks.  I see the two sapphire-like stones you mention, flanking the diamonds on each end. 

lturchetti
Posted April 11, 2013 - 1:06pm

Absolutely nothing on the back case.

JP
Posted April 11, 2013 - 4:23pm

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Two ticks for Diana until we can see the movement to verify the jewel count.

lturchetti
Posted April 11, 2013 - 4:34pm

Pardon my ignorance on the subject, but what does that mean?

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 11, 2013 - 5:27pm

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I'm thinking Diana, but we will need a movt pic, and if the case is open, write down what is stamped inside the back of the case. You may need a watchmaker to open it for you, a jeweller may not necessarily be able to. 

The movt will be stamped with various markings, one of which will be the number of jewels in the movt itself. It should have 15. The diamonds will be real, while the sapphires and emeralds will be synthetically made. "Simili" in French. 

lturchetti
Posted April 11, 2013 - 5:35pm

It is so small I would not attempt to open it on my own. It took me forever to even identify it. Not much out there on Diana and found nothing matching the band. If it is indeed a Diana does anyone have a guesstimate on its value?