Bulova 1929 -Unknown

Submitted by Geoff Baker on November 25, 2012 - 7:49pm
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A most unusual Bulova and certainly a new, albeit an Unknown model. Stepped lugs are engraved in a heretofore unknown pattern and cover the bracelet spring bars. Case has Jan 11, 1927 Patent Date and is marked 14 k GF. This is, as far as I can find the oldest Bulova we have with what some call the 'dress' dial having applied numerals and Bulova name. Case side engraving matches my other "Step Lug" Bulova. Dial refinished by International.

Added 11/25/2012

Photos Updated 11/11/2013 New Bracelet


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Posted November 26, 2012 - 12:45am

Unknown... now that's different.

William Smith
Posted November 26, 2012 - 12:55am

Unknown. Killer!

Posted November 26, 2012 - 3:03am

Another of the Great Unknowns!

Posted November 29, 2012 - 11:09pm

Ah that's a.....ummmm....it's a....ugh it's on the tip if my tongue.....an 'Unknown' that's what it is...... see I knew I hadn't seen it somewhere. :-)

If we ever introduce a rating on the contidion of a watch it would be something like:

- scrap
- very worn
- worn
- near mint
- mint
- Geoff Baker standard!


Geoff Baker
Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:37am

Thanks Stephen but you forgot one

- Some idiot tried to pry the back open on the hinge side

William Smith
Posted November 30, 2012 - 4:59pm

four unknown votes to date: Plains, Bobbee, Stephen, Will,
Yet to vote:  Geoff, Bourg01, DarHin, Rev Rob, JP, Fifth, Vintagebulova.com, Old Ticker 

Geoff Baker
Posted December 1, 2012 - 5:56am

Oh, sorry - Unknown, had that in the description.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 11, 2013 - 5:16pm

I switched out the bracelet on this gem a couple weeks back. I picked up this wonderful old deployment model that looks very good on it. Normally this era watch had the polished Rhodium plating on the case, this watch is more of a soft nickel finish which is a perfect match to the bracelet!

Posted November 11, 2013 - 5:42pm

Unknown but lovely 

Posted November 12, 2013 - 10:28am

It would appear both our 1929 Unknowns have the identical "dress" dial. Congrats on this beauty!