Bulova 1935 Commodore

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1935
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
5013122
Case shape: 
Round
Crystal Details: 
20.3mm Diameter
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Should be easy confirmation of ID since there are a couple additional 1935 Commodore's on the list. thjis is a 10k White Gold Plate model. It has the same matching original band. The 15J 10AN moevement is super-clean and with servicing its running on time and strong. Interestingly it has a lower jewel cap for the escape wheel which I never see on a 15J movement before. The dial is dirty but has nice raised numbers and excellent sub-second register and very good outer track.  I might consider getting it refinsihed later but I hope it doesn't turn out like the other Commodore listed with no numbers in the sub-second register. The case and strap are in near perfect condition. Good watch but I think paid too much for it...but considering its excellent condition and originality I guess I can live without the hundred dollars :-)

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DarHin
Posted November 16, 2012 - 12:48am

Very nice! I don't think you paid too much at all. 3 ticks Commodore.

'35 ad

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1935-4...

Typed too soon. The linked ad shows a plain bezel, not engraved like the subject watch.

Daca102090
Posted November 16, 2012 - 2:01am

I was wondering who snagged that one!!

You are lucky that I was watching a couple of other watches or that total might have gone higher.

The case and complete original band are just excellent and what caught my eye when it listed.

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bobbee
Posted November 16, 2012 - 3:26am

Sweet! A bit of soapy water with either vinegar or lemon juice in it should clean that dial some.

Two ticks Commodore, really need an ad.

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William Smith
Posted November 16, 2012 - 3:37am

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Beautiful Commodore from me.  Two ticks because we just don't have an engraved ad yet...
Great matching bracelet.  Plains unengraved case/bracelet looks very similar to yours sans engraving, in yellow. and with slightly different numbers on dial.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 16, 2012 - 5:52am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yeah, I almost jumped into the bid war too.....That's a great watch DW. I think I'm in with a Commodore vote too.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 16, 2012 - 9:00am

tentative 'COMMODORE', this model is yet to be shown advertised with an engraved bezel.

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bobbee
Posted November 16, 2012 - 10:17am

November 1935 ad, from the Utica Observer Dispatch.

The resolution sucks, but you can see there are two distinct models, the plain dial Commodore at the top, and the engraved further down, and the blurb states "Commodore,engraved, 15 jewels".

DreamWeaver
Posted November 16, 2012 - 12:13pm

The one at the top looks like Painsman's. It just says, "15-Jewel Bulova...New...Different...and Good Looking." Do we know it's a Commodore too? I think this Ad clears up the engraved model IDs however. Thanks Bobbee! DW

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bobbee
Posted November 16, 2012 - 12:20pm

You're welcome, DW.

The top one is the plain-cased model, believe me I've gone through literally hundreds of ads with this model in, looking for the engraved one!

JP
Posted November 16, 2012 - 10:58am

Panel Member

That ad says it all, Commodore from me. Very nice watch and worth every penny.