Bulova 1923 158

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on October 6, 2011 - 12:55pm
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American Standard
Additional Information

Hexagonal Case measures 29mm lug to lug x 24mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Sterling Silver Dial shows Black printed Arabic numerals and Bulova Signature. Hour and Minute Hands are Modern style.

14K American Standard Case.

Cabochon Sapphire Crown.

Fully Serviced 1/2011 by My Bulova Graduate Watchmaker Mr. Richard Hostetler Jr.

* Vintage display ad Dated 1922.


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Posted February 3, 2013 - 7:25am

I don't agree, you are embellishing the ad statements by adding 18 K gold filled at the end of the 154 and 156 ads.
The advert does not mention it, and I think it would if it were so.
Did you just forget to add "maybe" at the end of each of the above?

Posted February 3, 2013 - 4:43pm

In reply to by bobbee


Bobbee did you not see the last two adverts in my previous post that clearly identify both the 154 and 156 models as having 18K Gold Filled versions as well? The one's marked with a 'maybe' are just a estimated based on the other models that they also may exist in this manner.

The adverts clearly say 18Kt 25-year, which I believe we have discussed before and agreed means gold filled. Where is the embellishment?

Posted February 3, 2013 - 5:04pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Wow, you know what, I never even saw those last two ads when I posted Stephen.
Sorry for the crossed lines.
On your assumptions ("maybes"!) in that case, including the two ads, it could be a distinct possibility.

William Smith
Posted February 3, 2013 - 4:24pm

Here's the 1922 ad snippet (again) of the model 158 next to subject watch.  Full ad a few comments up in thread.

I'm still wondering about the date for watch?  While the case may be 1921/22 (or not), the Bulova Watch Co. signature on the movement suggests 1924. We see 1924 movements without the date symbol.  Have we seen this movement sig on anything before 1924 (for examples with other credible dating info)?

I'm good with tentative 158 even with jewel difference (15j vs 16j) and case engraving differences.
I'm not good with a 1921 date unless someone can remind me why we are using that date.


Posted April 12, 2014 - 6:12am

In reply to by William Smith


In January 2012 admin wrote: "My experience shows that serial numbers were used only on movements from 1923. Does anyone else have the same or a different opinion or experience?"

Definitely post June 1923, that is when the company name changed to "Bulova Watch Co.", and the movement in this watch is stamped with that name.

"1923 158".

Jim Townsend
Posted April 12, 2014 - 7:25am

Good eye bobbee "1923 158".

William Smith
Posted May 9, 2015 - 4:56am

So are we still discussing date of this watch?  Solid gold case, so case serial number suggests?   Movement signature Bulova Watch Co suggests June 1923 at earliest.

Posted May 9, 2015 - 8:40am

Case sn second digit-"3" = 1923.


"Lady Maxim 158", 1923.

Reverend Rob
Posted May 9, 2015 - 9:05am

1923 for me also.


William Smith
Posted May 9, 2015 - 2:43pm

Good arguments for 1923 date.  
Regardless of the date of the case by serial number (even if one thinks it is earlier) our convention is to go with movement date, as it is more recent in this "older case" scenario.