Bulova 1935 Commodore

9/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.229999
Manufacture Year: 
1935
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
Unknown
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Picked this old gent up today boys!  Fantastic etching around the bezel.  This ones going to need quite a bit to get back up to snuff.  Dial, glass, balance staff, hands.... can't wait to see how awesome this one is going to look when it's all said and done.

As near as I can tell this is a yellow gold Commadore with etching around the bezel where all advertisements we have for this don't have it.  So... either this is a variant case for the Commadore... or... as Bulova seems to do... it's probably some unknown name!

At first I though maybe a Kenmore like this 1937 Ad... But the lugs are way off.

The hidden lugs as well as the numbers and the rest of the watch on this Commadore are perfect other than the non-etched bezel.

 

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Daca102090
Posted October 12, 2011 - 7:47pm

With all of the models that Bulova had in the 30's and 40's that came in both plain and engraved versions, I would say that you do indeed have a commodore.

 

Congrats!!

bourg01
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:13pm

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Commadore for sure gets my vote.

plainsmen
Posted October 13, 2011 - 12:03am

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Hrm... whose the two star guy?  I'm supposing it's because of the etching?  I know... I know.. Bulova loved to put etching on something and then call it a different name.  I can't argue with you there... WAY to many examples of that out there...

Daca102090
Posted October 13, 2011 - 1:29am

Well, not to throw another wrench into the mix, but a 1936 ad shows that the commodore was white gold and the yellow gold version was called the Apollo.  Still no mention of the engraving.

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1936-1.jpg

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 13, 2011 - 2:40pm

Good catch.

Daca102090
Posted October 13, 2011 - 3:46pm

Well, it's easier when I can read the ad. ;-}

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted October 13, 2011 - 4:58pm

Perhaps then there are still several others... in say 15 & 17 Jewel options, just from the 1930s??

 

:-)  Scott

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 13, 2011 - 6:23pm

perhaps!!

 

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William Smith
Posted March 31, 2012 - 5:15pm

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now it's like 1 star. what's up

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William Smith
Posted November 16, 2012 - 4:06am

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Two ticks from me.  Lets find that engraved version ad.