Bulova 1931 Alvin

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1931
Movement Symbol: 
Omega
Movement Model: 
9AT
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
413685
Case Serial No.: 
1046020
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Curved glass crystal
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Pick this one up recently.  I believe the hands are not original to this watch since the  dial has luminous numerals.  Seconds hand missing, but the pinon is there. The case is hinged, but missing the pins to tie into the case.  Case is not marked GF, but I think it is.  9AT movement runs well.  Is this unknown model worth  restoring, at least correct hands and having the case hinged pin replaced?

 

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1931 Bulova watch
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Reverend Rob
Posted June 29, 2014 - 3:04pm

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I definitely think it is worth restoring, it's a good looking watch. Still looking.

JP
Posted June 29, 2014 - 11:13pm

Panel Member

Great watch but the wrong hands for the time period.

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bobbee
Posted June 30, 2014 - 3:49am

I think we have an Alvin.

1931 ad.

 

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1931-1.jpg

 

The movement is way too small, and a change of such would account for the jewel difference, 17 in ad, 15 in watch.

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bobbee
Posted June 30, 2014 - 3:55am

 

 Case serial number gives us 1931.

Really worth spending a little cash on hands and service, first example of this model, very nice.

 

1931 Alvin.

madmenwatches
Posted June 30, 2014 - 9:39am

Yes, it appears to be a Alvin.  Thanks for the ID. Now to source correct hands to start with. 

Geoff Baker
Posted July 1, 2014 - 4:43am

Club 5000Panel Member

Nice looking watch. Agree with ID

1931 Alvin

mybulova_admin
Posted July 5, 2014 - 7:19pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Agree on the Alvin model ID, it's a good match for the advert except for the movement which I think isn't a big issue.

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William Smith
Posted July 5, 2014 - 7:34pm

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Yep good ad match sans movement.  But it's a 1931 Alvin based on the first digit of case serial number.