Bulova 1932 Celestine

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we have a ton of pictures but i am not sure if we should upload them all or if you need better shots and of what.

this watch is really old, we have done a ton of research but cant seem to get anywhere.  we are looking for a Watch Name.  there are vintage watches out there that have the same band by Bulova or same hands etc... but we can not find the exact watch.  any help would be amazing

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Posted May 20, 2015 - 6:36pm

Hi Cfactory01. Your watch looks like it could be the "Celestine" from this 1934 ad.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 21, 2015 - 7:45am

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Welcome to myBulova Cfactory01. This is a nice little ladies watch. I'm a big fan of family heirloom watches because they're so personal to the owners. They're a part of a persons every day life. I think you're very lucky to have great grandmothers watch!

I think you hit the nail on the head Alan, that it's a 1934 Celestine. Nice ad find.

Posted May 21, 2015 - 8:40am

why does the case say June 10, 1924 but the ad came out for the watch 1934?  THank you

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 8:53am

I think you will see something like "patented June 10, 1924" Cfactory01. That's the Bulova patent date and not the date your watch was made. Going by the case serial number you provided, the case would have been made in 1932. The first ad for your watch may have came out before 1934. I used the 1934 ad because it was the first one I found showing your watch model. I hope this clears things up a little for you.


Posted May 23, 2015 - 7:20pm

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You can see and read more information here about the Bulova Dust-Proof case

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William Smith
Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:48pm

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That particular patent date refers to the "Dust tite" cellulose movement cover.  Bulova had at least two patents of this technology.  The second was 1927.  The ladies watches (movement size) usually continued to use the earlier "Dust Tite" cover up through the early 1930's, while most mens size watches switched over to the 1927 dust tite patented design at that time.  Not sure what the difference btwn the two patents was.

Posted May 21, 2015 - 8:42am

and it looks like the band is different and maybe even the hands on the face are different.  thoughts?

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 9:02am

I think the hands in the ad and the ones on your watch are the same blue steel modern hands. The band could have been a little different on your 1932 version from the 1934 version in the ad I posted or it could have gotten a replacement band sometime in the past.

Posted May 21, 2015 - 1:11pm

thank you all so much for your help!

Posted May 21, 2015 - 2:13pm

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Agree with Celestine