Bulova 1931 Prentice

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1931
Movement Symbol: 
Square Shield
Movement Model: 
9 AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1360413
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Crystal Details: 
Federal: MX5-282 159
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Hinged 'backset' Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 23mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

White Dial shows raised Gilt Arabic numerals and Bulova signature. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Modern style and a Gilt Modern stlyle Seconds Hand shows on a Sub Dial partially obscuring the 6.

Double Date stamp on the Movement.

Caseback is stamped as shown.

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William Smith
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:23pm

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This double date stamp on mvnts -  Is one "theory" that the movement was put together and timed over the new year holiday- therefor two date stamps? 

plainsmen
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:29pm

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Thats pretty much along the lines of what we've thought.  Essentially the machine stamp is the date it was produced.  They were more than likely movements left over from the previous year that were then hand stamped with the correct year, next to the machine one and then placed into the current year model.

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William Smith
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:31pm

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Thanks

Gerard
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:33pm

So you would go by the hand stamp for the year?

plainsmen
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:42pm

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Yeah the hand stamp is the one that you pretty much go for.  If you think about it logically it's really the only answer.  You go with the latest stamp.  

NOVA
Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:40pm

The case serial number indicates 1931.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted February 20, 2012 - 7:03pm

hmm, it takes an 'UNKNOWN' 1931 to bring Nova out of hiding.

 

Great Watch eh? 

40mm long, the longest I have from this era....anyone have an ideas of what it may be?

JP
Posted February 20, 2012 - 7:08pm

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At this point a really cool looking watch. I am jealous again. Younseem to be able to bring that out in me First. I hope to have a new one soon myself and then look out.

JP

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted February 20, 2012 - 7:10pm

Look forward to seeing and discussing it with You JP!

NOVA
Posted February 20, 2012 - 7:16pm

I don't know what it is, but I think it is lovely.  Have you ever before seen a dial that shows that much of the 6 but still not all of it?

And I see only one other example of the 9 AF movement--also an "unknown" from the early '30s.