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Bulova 1928 President Madison

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This is a men's high art deco styled 1928 Bulova "curtis" model. The case is 14K white gold (RG) with deep engraving on bezel, lugs and along case sides with black enamel. It's 25 mm without crown and 37 mm from lug to lug.

The face is BULOVA marked with sub-second, no spotting, clean with light toning. The crown has coin edging. Back plate is stainless with no personal engraving. The movement has been trial timed.

Just updated the case serial # and the movement information. I will try to upload better pictures soon. The following information is extracted from the case back:


PAT. JAN. 11 1927






There are some other markings as well but I can't really read them such as W.77 77-3  E160


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Posted May 18, 2012 - 2:37pm

I'm searching for a white gold watch band to replace the existing crocodile band. We'll see what happens.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 2:56pm

Stunning watch, jwang. Funny, there's another one with the same hands as this and Mark, AKA fifthavenuerestorations believes them to be from the late 1930's.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 4:28pm

Wouldn't be late 30s. Late 20s is correct IMO.

J, are you sure the case back is SS? I thought it would have been Rolled Gold.

Also any chance of seeing a photo of the movement?

Glad you were able to add the watch to the site.

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William Smith
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 5:28pm

Nice Curtis.  Was the date of 1927 chosen from a date symbol on the movement or ad/publication?  Case serial number suggests 1928. 

The 11AF entry in our movement database gives a production date range from 1959 thru 1967, but this may only indicate which movements we have recorded to date.  Rantff's movement database lists production ranging from 1959-1967. 

Hope you can post more pictures.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 5:30pm

Great Watch!

The 'RADIUM' (RD) Style Hand is not shown in any of the ads from the 1920's or early 1930's - they first appear in advertisments from the late 1930's, early 1940's.

Posted May 18, 2012 - 6:29pm

I'll try to post some movement pictures over the weekend. The watch maybe 85 years old and I need to be very careful in the process ...

Thanks for the interest and comments.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 6:28pm

I see three checks for the ID.  I'm going with tentative for now. Two checks.  Too much uncertainty, but at least the case front and dial are consistent w/ Curtis.  Movement questions and a stainless back are issues. The 11AF may be a tight fit in case, as other Curtis on site house 9 series movements without much space left over.  Maybe the movement information was provided by the person from whom you got the watch and were inaccurate.  Pictures will address most of these.

Posted May 18, 2012 - 6:31pm

I see your points. I'll try to find out more about these "issues" raised here.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 8:33pm

Aha....glad you found a 1928 9AT inside vs an 11AF.  Good pics.   Still looks like you have the case serial number listed in the movement serial number field, but easily updated.

Posted July 26, 2012 - 6:22pm

Would cathedral hands make it something else?? I have seen one with them on it and the 9AT Swiss movement with crescent moon symbol.