Bulova 1924 3973

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Submitted by plainsmen on August 4, 2021 - 11:50pm
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I have been looking to get one of these for years!  Solid silver early early men's Bulova. 

.925 and a standing lion Hallmark.

There are a three 1924 ads showing Stirling silver options for men's watches with this dial.

For a 1924 watch I think we have a "39744"

This guy has a hinged case.


1924 Bulova 1924 3973 Hinged

1924 Bulova 1924 3973 F
1924 Bulova 1924 3973 R
1924 Bulova 1924 3973 L
1924 Bulova 1924 3973 M
1924 Bulova 1924 3973 IC
1924 Bulova 1924 3973 B

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14 years
Posted August 5, 2021 - 8:19pm

You found one!!

Name your price $1,000,000 no $2,000,000 :-)

This is the first one I've actually seen.

What a great score.

39744 would be the Gold version......my guess is that 39743 would be the Silver version.

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Geoff Baker
Posted August 5, 2021 - 9:06pm

An amazing find plains, I wondered where the 9AA movement post was heading. Congrats on a MOST excellent find

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8 years 4 months
Posted August 6, 2021 - 9:51am

This is a "first see" for me. Congrats on a killer score! I tend to follow Stephen's line of thought on model. 39744 is solid gold, so it's very likely that Sterling is 39743. It seems unlikely, even during this time period for precious metal watches (gold vs. silver) to have the same "name" /number as shown in the ad referenced for the 39714/39713.

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Posted August 6, 2021 - 4:55pm

You know... Upon further review.  I just don't know if my watch up top matches the ad.  It's definitely a Bulova case and watch from 1924... But look at this Stirling silver Bulova from one of my Facebook groups.  It sure looks like the pictures case.  I think mine is different now.

Early silver Bulova

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Posted August 7, 2021 - 11:26pm

In reply to by plainsmen

If this watch is all original, then it would be a later model...looking at the dial style (closed 9) and hands....so 1927 onwards.

Yours has the correct 'spade' hands (that's what I call them) and open 9, which is correct for 1924.

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Posted August 6, 2021 - 5:18pm

I wondered about the top case corners (45 degree angle vs. smooth) myself. Could be wear, or could be a different case? Perhaps it's best to tag it unknown for the time being.

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Posted August 6, 2021 - 6:14pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Yeah... I guess the 2nd pictured watch with the sharp corners and almost angled lugs just looks longer too?

Mine isn't as squat and fat as an Ambassador... But not quite as long as the Ad... More imbetween?

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Kathy L.
Posted August 7, 2021 - 10:55pm

Awesome find, congrats!