Bulova 1925 Norma

Submitted by Janet on December 17, 2012 - 10:17pm
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12mm X 22mm - glass bevelled and cut to fit case shape
Watch Description

Movement has asterisk as well as what looks like a circle - so could be 24 or 25 vintage ??? or later ??

The 6N - 16 jewel movement is not in the database so this is a new one for movement  DB.   

Case is 16.5mm X 26.75mm.  Lug end to lug end is 29mm White gold filled ?kt.  Writing in case is very feint.

Band looks to be original with 32 faceted sapphires roll set.  Do not know if these are real or simulated.

Edit:   The closest picture that I can find in the DB is "The NORMA"  1924 image 11 of 36, but this has a 15 jewel movement.    

Edit 2:  6N movement now added to the movement data base.        These models are also close, but I do not think they are right -  6720??, 7805??, 6722??

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Time Bandit
Posted December 18, 2012 - 8:24am

Janet, is the movement "6AN" or "6N" I couldn't see it clearly. Cool Band!!!!

Posted December 18, 2012 - 9:36am

Hi Time Bandit - its a 6N movement.

Time Bandit
Posted December 18, 2012 - 9:59am

In reply to by Janet

Thanks, saw you corrected the root record. I also didn't see the 6N in the movement DB, in case you'd like to add.

William Smith
Posted December 18, 2012 - 2:25pm

Some similar case shapes in the ad database.  1922 ad snippet for model 6720 next to subject watch and 1923 ad for same. The horizontal bezel in the ads- where it "breaks inward" btwn the 1 and 2 oclock position is not as smooth as in subject watch. October 1924 newspaper ad fror 6720 on far right showing various jewel count and gold content for same model number.  Click for full ads.

We now have a newspaper ad from 1924 showing similar style watch (model unnamed) w/ 16 jewels.
Bobbee found another newspaper ad from December 1924 showing what looks like same watch in the ad at far right above, named the Norma.  Both the top right ad and Dec ad below don't seem to show as much curve in the horizontal bezel "bends" btwn the 1 and 2 oclock positions.

William Smith
Posted December 18, 2012 - 3:23pm

In reply to by William Smith

Your watch model is Unknown to me. 
The stuff above was to illustrate the slight variation we have in the ads for model names/numbers, jewel count, metal content, case shape/dial styles while being "close" to subject watch.

Posted December 18, 2012 - 3:46pm

Will  - see edit in additional information


William Smith
Posted December 18, 2012 - 4:08pm

In reply to by Janet

Aha...you did beat us to the punch...I just didn't read your edits :)  The Norma is darned close, and we see both 15 and 17 jewel models advertised.  The unnamed ad for a 16 jeweler makes me think Bulova coulda used some of these movements if they had them laying around.... Don't know if that would constitute a model name change btween 15, 16, and 17 jewelers. 

Reverend Rob
Posted December 18, 2012 - 5:13pm

The ebauche is a Sonceboz, used early on and not for many models. A similar shaped and sized movt is available in other ebauches, and these appear around the same time. I don't have a jewel count for the others, but 16 isn't as common. 

Posted December 18, 2012 - 6:44pm

Unknown for now.

Posted December 20, 2012 - 6:33am