Bulova 1924 Nurse

Submitted by plainsmen on November 14, 2023 - 8:12pm
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It's a decent sized stirling watch.  We have a couple ads from 1923 and 1924 showing this watch.  The 23 I believe says 16 jewel and mentions stirling.  The 1924 is the Nurses watch and has a sweeping seconds hand but does mention stirling and 16 jewel as well.

No movement date code and a 3 digit serial number on the silver case.

The really thin wire lugs are throwing me off.  Maybe it is a ladies Nurse without a seconds hand, but that case doesn't seem to have these lugs either.

1924 Bulova Stirling 11-14-23 F
1924 Bulova Stirling 11-14-23 L
1924 Bulova Stirling 11-14-23 R
1924 Bulova Stirling 11-14-23 M
1924 Bulova Stirling 11-14-23 IC
1923 Bulova Stirling ad
Posted November 14, 2023 - 11:24pm

These Swiss made cases, also recognised by the Swiss essay stamp, are a mystery for me. I can’t understand why Bulova would buy some cases in Switzerland and not in USA or make these themself in the American Standard factory, especially since that factory made similar cases, except they were igold filled, not silver. Could that be the reason? Unknown.  

Posted November 15, 2023 - 6:41am

Plains, no movement date stamp found? It's possible the newspaper advert rendition took certain liberties with the band style and size. The rest of the watch sure looks to be a match.

The watch probably had a model number rather than a name, so at this stage I agree that we ID as unknown for now.

Posted November 15, 2023 - 9:34am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

It looks like this watch originally had a sweep seconds hand and the sweep seconds hand wheel and hand has been removed. 

Kathy L.
Posted November 15, 2023 - 11:16am

Like 1955mercury stated above I am inclined to think this is a nurse watch with the second hand missing.  The wire lug suggests it is a ladies watch to me.  Wonderful piece.


Posted November 15, 2023 - 9:24pm

I too agree this appears to match the ads and watches we have ID'd as a Nurses watch albeit missing the center second hand and module.  It is clearly missing the parts in the picture.   It is possible the original wire lugs have been replaced or this could have been the way it was made.  I am good with keeping the ID as a 1924 Bulova Nurses Watch.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 15, 2023 - 9:50pm

1924 Bulova Unknown. Lugs on this watch do no match the adverts presented.

Posted November 17, 2023 - 6:01am

Actually now that I look at the front and movement again, I believe the centre sweep second hand is actually missing as it the wheel that drives it and the strip that holds the wheel in place. So this watch looks to have had a centre sweep hand at one point.

Based on other IDs I'd also be comfortable grouping into the Nurse model ID.

The advert Merc posted above also states 16 Jewels, which is very rare to see in an advert and is a match for the subject watch.

Posted November 17, 2023 - 9:55am

Nurse watch, noting missing center sweep assembly. Based on the contact points where the wire lugs meet the bezel and the bend corners (as compared to other Nurse models in Db), I propose the lugs were replaced at some point. A strong the possibility the originals were removed and re-used cut down and re-formed?

1924 Nurse