Bulova 1939 President
Check out this near mint, all original Mens Bulova President from 1939. Could perhaps be called New Old Stock, it's that nice. I wish to thank everyone who helped ID this watch.
Like opening a time capsule from over 70 years ago...
Long, slightly curved case typical of the art deco style in the 1930's ; a 10k Gold Filled case with absolutely no wear-through on the lug tips or edges. It runs great and has a clean 21 jewel winding 7AP movement with shield (1939) and arrow (1937) date codes. Rare to have two years hallmarked, even rarer to have two non-consecutive years. The photos tell the story on this one and it's a beauty. As with any vintage watch, this is described in detail but no guarantees are made for accuracy (although I wound it and it kept time very well for a full day). The only real imperfection I notice is the slight oxidation of the hour and minute hands. Watches in this condition are as rare as hen's teeth.
Dimensions are 45 mm long from lug tip to lug tip and 21.5 mm wide including crown. The first photo is of the watch ad, which is just to let you see the original ad. I do not own the ad; it is not included; just for reference. Band is the same ad shown in the photo, with Art Nouveau scrollwork on the edges, similar to the watch case. Crown is not a signature crown.
Band is a rare Kreisler model, marked gold content .025 with Patent # U.S. PAT.2,064,760 which dates that to 1936. I believe that is the same gold content as 1/20 12k gold filled, or 2.5 % of the band weight (1/20 is .05 ; 12k/24K =50%; hence .05 x .50= .025). The band expands with a notched adjustment feature. Just squeeze the sides and it extends; for ease in putting on and off or to wear on a larger wrist.