Bulova 1937 Breton

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
1.727142
Manufacture Year: 
1937
Movement Symbol: 
Arrow
Movement Model: 
6 AE
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6000280
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Crystal Details: 
W-C 2MA275 158
Additional Information: 

Case measures 39mm lug to lug x 21mm non inclusive of the Crown.

White Dial shows applied Gilt Hashmark style Hour markers and Bulova signature, track is printed in Black. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Index style.

Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown

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OldTicker
Posted December 5, 2011 - 8:18pm

This might be a stretch Fifth...The only thing that matches the ad is the recessed crown & jewel count, What are the crystal specs? I know I have a couple crystals for them, Jerin has one very similar and it was not a Breton...ended up being a custom grind.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 13, 2011 - 6:15pm

Greg,

a W*C 2MA275 158 fit like a glove.

The Case design and composition ( 10K Gold Filled ) are a match to the vintage ad, granted the bezel is not engraved but all other aspects are the same, lugs are identical. The 21 Jeweled movement without sub-Seconds is also a match and We've seen this Dial variation on several other models from 1936 - '37.

IMO this is good ID.

Crystal dimensions are now confirming this ID Gentlemen.

...and, IMO Stephen has the engraved bezel 'BRETON', currently ID'd as a 'PRESIDENT'

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1935-President-15

OldTicker
Posted December 13, 2011 - 8:17pm

It looks like the Crystal works, and I agree that Stephen's '35 President is not a President, the case is too short, it looks more like a Phantom case with a 21J movement.

I have a hard time with the dial & case being so different and still being a Breton, usually its one or the other that is different, in this case its both...plus the ad is from 1935 and the movement is 1937, so it could have been released in '38. The name could have changed, and we just don't yet have a ad for this one?

How about 1937 Breton Unknown?? ; )

Anyone else out there have any comments?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 13, 2011 - 8:54pm

One more question from Me then I'll leave the ID to You Guys.

Is there any other model listed as taking this dimension Crystal?

OldTicker
Posted December 13, 2011 - 9:25pm

The oldest catalog I have listing this size is a BB, part # MX 2765/157

There is no listing in the model section for this size, and under the picture section it is just known to fit Bulova.