Where do these Bulova stories come from....

Submitted by William Smith on May 12, 2012 - 4:11am

November 19th, 1949

Arde Bolova, 60 year old bachelor-watch manufacturer-millionaire, reputedly one of the wealthiest men in the U.S., is likewise one of the least well known, as a person, to the public.  One oft-repeated story about Bulova is undoubtedly apocryphal.  It has him going into a Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, trying to get a room and, when unable to, buying the hotel instead.

Source...The Billboard Magazine, November 26th, 1949. page 5

Also in this edition, an ad stating Bulova Watches w/ Rhinestone Dials.


Submitted by timerestoration on May 11, 2012 - 6:03pm
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I have the pictured Lone Eagle Box, but it is missing the black velvet c-shaped part that the watch attaches to. Does anyone have a photo of this part? I would like to make one for my box.

Also, note that this one was customized for S&N Katz Jewelers in Baltimore, MD.

Thanks in advance!

How would you rate this refinish dial?

Submitted by yugioh1776 on May 10, 2012 - 7:18pm
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Not too long ago I bought what seems to be a early Bulova Senator dating to 1928  yet at some point in its early life the dial was redone with the name change from bulova to "Boston",this is still a wonder to me why. Anyway since it has the wrong name, radium, and condition problems I sent it to IDC. As you can see the style of the 9, 7, and 5 have been change from how it use to be and something doesn't fit right with the font of the lettering.

Early President

Submitted by TMeulenberg on May 10, 2012 - 3:07pm

Hi, giving this another try, hopefully these pics are better!

Again, I appreciate anyone's insight as to this piece,


Inside of back cover reads:

PAT JAN 11, 1927

BULOVA ... in a downward arc


Gold Filled

NEW YORK,.... in an upward arc

Bulova 1940 Minute Man

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on May 10, 2012 - 1:18pm
Movement Date Code
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal details
Federal: MT4-265 165
Watch Description

Case measures 42.5mm lug to lug x 22mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers. Original White Dial shows raised Gilt Arabic Numerals and Bulova signature with printed Black tracks. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Modern style and a Gilt Modern Seconds hand shows on a sub Dial fully obscuring the 6. Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown.  

vintage display ad is Dated 1939.

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1940 Bulova watch
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1930? 1940? Frankunbully?

Submitted by Donotstack on May 9, 2012 - 8:43pm

Hello all, I just recently bought this watch site unseen and I cant find it anywhere in the adds. The movement has a rams head or something on it that makes it a 1930 or 40. I thought that it may be a art deco watch from the 50's but the movement is throwing me off. It is only 15 jewels which I believe would put it more in the 30's and the movement is numbered 541464. The case is stainless on the back which makes me wonder if it isnt a Frankenbully case. The case is square and the crystal comes up a good 1/8th of an inch.  Hopefully someone here could help me out.