Bulova 1938 Rite-Angle

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Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1938
Movement Model: 
8AM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
8925627
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

 

A VERY HANDSOME, FULLY RESTORED, DISTINCTLY UNIQUE, BULOVA RITE- ANGLE WATCH:

The infamous BULOVA Rite- Angle, Circa 1938. RARE (earlier release) seldom (if ever before?) seen, 8AM movement! Also sporting the coveted (and ultra rare) special order black dial, with applied gold numerals! (Vs. the MUCH more common painted white, or white with gold numeral option...)

Fully restored and calibrated, as original... this distinctive watch was serviced by an expert watchmaker with over thirty years of experience... and is keeping VERY GOOD time! The NOS original replacement glass and new Spiedel genuine lizard skin band are an elegant compliment to this uniquely streamlined, true Art Deco period timepiece design!

You won't see another watch like this one, anywhere else! PM or eMail me, if interested? I can also be reached via the eBay store, at WatchCrystals dot net...

Incidentally, I suspect the brass and steel right angle watch box (Labeled 21 Jewels) was for a 1938+ Ladies Rite- Angle, that was probably solid 14 karat gold... as I've yet to see a men's/ladies rite angle, with 21 vs. 17 jewels??? 

 

My Best :-)  Scott

 
 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 7, 2011 - 6:41pm

ad Dated 1938 - the Year of introduction?

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted September 7, 2011 - 10:19pm

Hey Mark,

VERY NICE AD! And yes... 1938 was the first year BULOVA used this case... And I don't see any other "8AM" movements listed here? (Perhaps a 1937 manufacture??)

 

Best :-)  Scott

P.S. And I noticed that other 1938 ad you recently posted that shows the solid 14 karat "DEWEY,"  also shows the Rite- Angle A & B, I think???

AND... I see (4) potential dial combos (Mine + the three illustrated) excluding the other two later??)  2- tone dial variants, also shown below...

(And apparently SEVEN Men's model options, even in 1938 ?!?)

1938 BULOVA RITE- ANGLE ( A & B ? )

1940ish  TWO- TONE DIAL VARIANT (1)

1940ish TWO- TONE DIAL VARIANT (2)

PERHAPS THIS MODEL WAS RELEASED PRE- XMAS, 1938???

OldTicker
Posted September 7, 2011 - 10:12pm

This might be another of the "Seven Handsome Models"

1938 8AE 17J with a Salmon  color 2 tone dial and a nice engraved bezel.

Just got it today, and it needs a good spiffing, but looks like it is all orginal.

Will add it to the database when it is all spiffy.

 

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted September 7, 2011 - 10:24pm

YUP... Sir!

I believe that is indeed another 1/7+ dial options ?! (1938- 48???) Pink gold and/or coral, copper and related dial colors were all the RAGE... from the latter 30s- 40s! 

 

Nice One, BTW  :-) 

Scott 

OldTicker
Posted September 7, 2011 - 10:31pm

Can't let you have all the good one's Scott ; )

That Black dial looks like a super 3 star to me, nice refinish job! 

That 21J watch case is quite interesting, never seen one like that, but it sure has the "Rite Angle" profile...

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 6:10pm

Club 5000

Very nice example.

Jay

vintagebulova.com

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 8, 2011 - 9:27am

I agree, this model has proven elusive to Me... so far.

Jay,

The 8AM is the correct movement for the 'RITE-ANGLE', true?

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Posted September 8, 2011 - 10:26am

Club 5000

I've seen a few different 8 series movements int the Rite Angle.  Most popular seems to be the 8AZ.  Hate it due to parts (in)availability.  Doesn't cross reference with any other Bulova that I know of.  

 

Jay

vintagebulova.com

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Posted September 8, 2011 - 11:38am

And it took me quite some time... to source a second movement for this, and also (2) to (re) make one good (and accurate!) powerplant for the 1926 Lone Eagle 1 I recently sold, with the also RARE 10AF. Some of these models/movements, are NO EASY TASK... to (properly) restore! Wish I could KEEP' em?!

 

:-)  Scott

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Posted September 8, 2011 - 12:51pm

8AZ, that's the one.

Jules Borel Co. has just about eveything one could need for the 8AZ Jay.

julesborel.com