Bulova 1930 Garfield

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Two-tone case.  9AT movement.  15 jewels.  Any help in identifying would be appreciated.  Also, why does the case number start with a letter?   

I've been wanting an early two-tone watch, and this one fit the bill, but I can't see to find the model looking on the site or looking at Watchophilia...  Otherwise, I've been able to identify most of the watches I've been getting using the resourses on mybulova.com...  Thanks for any help!

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 7:40am

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 8:30am

Good call.
Could the letter C in the SN be a mis-struck 0? Makes sense.

Posted March 25, 2013 - 8:37am

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Yep, we see this alot and it's usually only the first number. Puts the case as 1930, which also makes sense with the later style dial and hands (raised gold numbers and hands)

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 11:08am

Tentative 1930 Garfield. I agree that the first character of the case # is a zero.

Neither the dial nor jewel count match the ad.

Posted March 25, 2013 - 12:55pm

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After seeing the ID as a Garfield I googled Bulova Garfield and found a listing on Watchophilia for one with a 15 jewel 9AT movement.  The dial is different though...

Thanks for identifying the watch. You guys are amazing!

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William Smith
Posted March 28, 2013 - 1:21am

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1929 ad snippet for Garfield from Admin's link next to subject watch.

Different dial and jewel count, but the case looks like a match.  Two ticks tentative from me.  I think we see (and call) this a dress (re)dial on watch.

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William Smith
Posted December 30, 2014 - 4:43pm

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I think this one should be listed as a 1930 based on mis-struck leading 0 entered as a C.  

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Posted December 30, 2014 - 7:13pm

I think it should be listed as a Frankenstein. It's got a 1928 movement in a 1930 case. The movement has the wrong jewel count and the dial is from some other model. People use this site as the Bulova Bible to ID their watches and they will never find another one that looks identical to this one. JMHO.

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William Smith
Posted December 30, 2014 - 7:42pm

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....well it's probably a Garfield case at any rate.  I agree on the jewel count difference, and the dress dial that we sometimes see in many Bulova cases around this time period (often without an ad).  Let's see what others think.

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Posted December 30, 2014 - 8:12pm

To get my point across, I present exhibit "A".

This is one of mine. It has a 8AC 17 jewel movement with a "L1" date code in a "Douglas" case with a back stamped "L7" and God only knows where that dial came from. So would this be labeled as a "Douglas"? If so, what year? 1957 or 1951? I call it a "Frankenstein". Oh, one more thing, it has engraving on the back dated 1961.