Bulova 1929 Pocket Watch

Submitted by Seeker on November 28, 2021 - 8:26pm
Manufacture Year
1929
Movement Model
17AB
Movement Jewels
15
Movement Serial No.
800182
Case Serial No.
237449
Case shape
Square
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

I rec'd this watch as a gift from my FiL.  It was his grandfather's. I had the crystal replaced a long time back, maybe in the late 1990s.  The watch ran at that time, but has since stopped.  If you wind it, hold the stem tension, and tap it, it will begin running again.  I am in the process of having that part repaired, as well as having it cleaned and serviced.

The case serial number is 237449, supposedly indicating 1923.  I can find no marking that indicates when the mechanism was made, which may mean it's older. The original box is black, with black velvet liner in the bottom and a white satin lining on the top, with a Mercury-looking logo.  I will try to get a photo of that as well, but don't currently have one.

Face of watch
Back cover
Inside mechanism
Inside back cover, reads Bulova Watch Company, NYC, 237449
Seeker
Posted November 28, 2021 - 8:48pm

I have added a picture of the display box, if that helps anyone.

Display box

Kathy L.
Posted November 29, 2021 - 2:43pm

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing this wonderful pocket watch that you received from your FIL.  A great package with the case and chain!  I didn't find an exact match.  I think there may have been many more pocket watches than they advertised.

Seeker
Posted November 30, 2021 - 6:42pm

Thank you. The chain is not original to the gift... I purchased that so I could carry the watch, but I don't remember from where... I think it was the same shop that replaced the crystal.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted December 4, 2021 - 5:19pm

Great watch and heirloom, thanks for sharing. I have come back to this one several times and am unable to find an ID.

Sorry, Unknown for me.

JimDon5822
Posted December 5, 2021 - 7:42pm

I could not find a match either but wow that box is awesome.  We seldom see the original boxes.  

1923 Unknown

Geoff Baker
Posted December 6, 2021 - 9:38pm

1923 Unknown. I agree with Jim - The watch is fabulous - the presentation case is over the top!

mybulova_admin
Posted December 7, 2021 - 4:25am

I have to disagree with 1923. The pocketwatch is very similar to this record which we dated to 1929, which I believe is the case here. Also am I seeing an oversized shield (29) date stamp on the movement?

https://mybulova.com/watches/1929-unknown-12674

Despite not knowing the model name, I believe we can ID as a 1929 Bulova Pocket Watch.

Kathy L.
Posted December 7, 2021 - 10:26am

I think keeping them together is a great idea.

1929 Bulova Pocket Watch

Geoff Baker
Posted December 7, 2021 - 9:30pm

Wonder why I didn't think of that? (updated)

mybulova_admin
Posted December 8, 2021 - 3:02am

Consensus is a wonderful thing :-)