Bulova 1937 Lady Bulova "E"
Well, I'm hooked!
Picked up this Lady Bulova "E" (based on the advert on this site - 1936 ad - 1937 movement - arrow) online. Came with the box.
Removed the movement and placed the casing, back and band in an ultra-sonic bath while I attempted to remove 76 years of grime from the face. Dried everything off and polished lightly with a gold polishing cloth.
So far she is running a tad slow, so I may have to move the S/F hand towards the F to have her keep accurate time.
The watch stem does NOT say Bulova like my Darcy does. Does this mean that it was replaced at some point with a cheap part, or did they simply not stamp the word Bulova on watches at that time? I strongly suspect it is the former. I also suspect the "crystal" is plastic - not happy about that.
A question about cleaning the face: I found the forum that discusses Tarnex and 1920 watches and wonder if I would be able to use this product on a watch from the 30's without ruining the face. I was able to get quite a bit of crud off with rubbing alcohol and a paint brush, but as you can see from the pictures, the face is still rather grungy.
Love the adjustable section of strap on the band. The diamonds still sparkle. With the exception of the dirty face, and the plastic crystal (which can be readily replaced) it's another gem in my collection.