Bulova 1924 -Unknown

Submitted by Steve Stermolle on September 11, 2011 - 5:23pm
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Recently replaced.
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This was my Grandfather's pocket watch. I would be very interested as to the date of construction, and if it is possible to get the proper 'hairspring'....this is what my local watch repairman said I needed. He cleaned it, put another crystal in it (the old one was very yellowed, plastic I think...I think the new one is also....is this proper?)....I'm not really sure what year the watch is...the repairman said he saw a triangle symbol inside...I couldn't see it...according to the symbol as I understand it it would be a 1935 or 1926. Can you help me with this?

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Steve Stermolle
Posted September 11, 2011 - 7:23pm

This was my Grandfathers watch....I've been told by a watch repairman that it needs a new 'hairspring'.I would like to find one for it and any historical information that goes with this watch. There are more numbers and initials inside the back case...not sure if their helpful. Any information would be appriciated

Posted September 11, 2011 - 8:17pm

I'm not a Pocket Watch person by any means but if the Date code is Triangle I would lean toward 1935 as a Year of manufacture - The contrasting Gilt Numerals and Black Hands are 100% 'Art Deco' and '35 places the Watch in era. 1926 is a little early for this style IMO.

Possibly a 'MONTGOMERY' model. There are ads in the database, look around 1936 +/-.

Posted September 12, 2011 - 6:29am

17TR and serial number place this watch as 1925 and not 1935 Fifth. There is a 17AH movement parts on ebay that may help you with the hair spring.


Posted September 12, 2011 - 7:17am

'35 was a guess admin, it's good to have a more definative answer.

Posted September 12, 2011 - 7:45am

Steve, is it possible to get a nother photo of the movement. I'm interested to know if its 1924, 25 or 26.

Look for a small astrix, circle or triangle.

Steve Stermolle
Posted September 12, 2011 - 10:58am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I want to thank you both for commenting, fifth ave and admin. I looked and looked for the triangle, neither I or my wife could find it. I will call Bob, the watch repairman, and see if he can guide me to it, he said it looked like a 21 or a 27 by the triangle, or in it, can't remember. I did see other numbers etched, not stamped, by the case number. A couple of them had the initial 'g' or 'j'.

Bob did receive a hairspring for a 17tr but it did not fit. I will try looking at the Montgomery. You know I did see the 'Prince of Wales' watch on the this website...the face and movement were the same...just the case was squarish as opposed to round like this one...that was a 1924 watch.

Never thought this would be so interesting...but I'm into it now.

Posted September 13, 2011 - 6:54am

In reply to by Steve Stermolle

If you are able to take another nice photo og the movement front on we mihght be able to narrow down the date code further. I'm very surprised the 17TR hairspring did not fit.

With the Prince of Wales movement you can just make out the small circle at the top of the movement near the winding stem. Have a llok on yours to see if there is a date stamp there.

Steve Stermolle
Posted September 13, 2011 - 12:21pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I'll try to get another picture.  Had a hard time getting a clear picture.  Any tips on photographing these tiny parts?  Also, the case only opens so far on this watch.  Thanks for the input.  Looking at the movement in the sunlight with a magnifying glass, I don't see a date code by the stem.  Will keep looking.


Posted September 13, 2011 - 4:14pm

In reply to by Steve Stermolle

A Camera or lens with good Macro capabilities, tripod, light box.

2 points of interest, one looks like Omega. (?)

Posted September 12, 2011 - 1:58pm

The writing scratched into the case interior would be from watchmakers of past that worked on the watch, telling when and what was done and initials of the watchmaker. A few people here collect pocket watches so I am sure you will get more help soon.