Bulova 1924 5892

Submitted by Alex on August 31, 2014 - 1:11am
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An early platinum Bulova as seen in the advert of 1924 with model number 5892. As you can see, my model has an inner minute indicator, which in the advert is not there. However, I have seen on internet more pictures of this model and we all share the same dial. So, maybe Bulova changed its mind how the dial should look like after the drawing was made for the advert? Another surprise when I received the watch: unfortunately it has a Hamilton 721 movement. The disadvantage of buying it off internet! I will pursue to find out what the original movement should be, so I can retrofit it back to its original state. Any info is welcome to help identify the correct movement. Other than that, another beautiful platinum Bulova, unfortunately identified by a number, hence I herewith baptize her "Agatha". A name that, until now, is not existing in the database. The size is 14mm wide and 30mm long.

EDIT 1: a watch from this time wold have a 5P 17 jewel. I finally found one and replaced the Hamilton movement for an original 5P!

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Posted October 9, 2014 - 11:47pm

I am struggling to find the right movement. I found some 6's but they are too big. It should be a 5, oval shape, 17 jewels. Anyone having one for sale?

William Smith
Posted October 11, 2014 - 3:20pm

In reply to by Alex

I probably have five of them in a box somewhere....If I can find them, I'll give you the one which looks in the best shape.  I'm not doing anything with them anyway.  Already took pics and updated or added to the movement database...and they are just sitting somewhere....
I'm digging through some boxes next week.....as I always find something I have which I was about to bid on again....LOL.  It's like a habit bordering on an obsession, but a healthy one at least.

Posted October 11, 2014 - 10:57pm

Thanks William, really appreciated!!!

Reverend Rob
Posted October 12, 2014 - 11:00pm

There was no shortage of oval movts, and they were made by at least 5 different manufacturers. Within the parameters, that is, a 5 ligne movt, there are quite a few possible choices. What will be the determining factor is the placement of the dial feet. Cutting off the dial feet will yield a poor result, as dial dots or glue would have to be used to hold the dial in place. Alternatively, you would have to re-position the dial feet with a resistance soldering device, but this would be counter productive, as only the original movt calibre will fit the dial foot position, and this is what I assume we want. 

Trial and error might be the only way to find the correct movt, if the glass slipper fits the foot, we have found Cinderella. These watches were made in smaller quantities and often had different movts than the usual production line. In today's dollars, the $300 becomes over $4000. Definitely worth the effort, as the case is in immaculate condition. 

William Smith
Posted June 21, 2015 - 2:55pm

Sure is lots of space between those case serial numbers.  Almost like they left space to complete other digits when watch was finished off?  Probably not.  Just lots of space with digits at points of the beginning, middle and end of usual concave serial number layout.

Posted September 26, 2019 - 7:46pm



Posted September 29, 2019 - 1:53am

In reply to by TexasLady

Wonderful to see these finally getting a name. The Panel will discuss the merits of updating to a name where possible, as it's would certainly be my preference, but may also come down to the year of production .

Posted September 29, 2019 - 11:17am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Please don't assume that I want this watch changed as per advert.  I just posted the advert for the history of the watch.