Bulova 1929 -Unknown

Submitted by donegd on July 21, 2015 - 6:12am
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Hi all

I would like the panels help in identifying this ladies watch . I have searched through the db but can't find a match.

the case is in 14k white gold filled. is a hinged case with some very nice engraving on the front back and sides. the inside is marked Bulova 14k gold filled, American Standard.  Pat June 10 1924, and has the serial number 9616111.  

The movement still has the dust cover and is a 15 jewel  Swiss 4 adjusted 6AP.  and is marked with the Square symbol and serial number 63171. Bulova Watch Co.

The movement is missing the crown , which would possibly have been a sapphire topped crown. The stem is still there but as there is no way to wind the watch I can't realy tell if it will work or not. although the balance wheel seems free.

Its a lovely little watch which came with a small batch I bought off ebay. 

regards to all


1927 Bulova watch
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1929 Bulova watch
1929 Bulova watch
1929 Bulova watch
Posted July 21, 2015 - 11:15am

Or Gruens for that matter. Maybe Admin we can start myGruen.com and myElgin.com, lol!

Posted July 21, 2015 - 11:27am

Why stop there whats wrong with hamiltons  LOL :-}   ive got a coupleof them to

Posted July 21, 2015 - 5:12pm

George, if you can tell me the size of the stem; ie. 8 or 9 or 10, I may be able to help with a saphire crown as I have a fair collection of them.


Geoff Baker
Posted July 22, 2015 - 8:13am

This a dandy looking watch George, very unique.

Alas, for now....Unknown

William Smith
Posted August 10, 2015 - 6:53pm

I see this record is dated 1927, but has a case serial number suggesting 1929 (based on our usual convention of dating records during this period).  I agree, as Alex has pointed out, there's mounting "evidence" that case signatures of this (and similar 1927/29) ladies watch record suggests there may be exceptions to our convention in certain ladies models. 

I think its a 1927 case, however I don't think we should change our convention for dating just yet.  

For one thing, unless members have read through some of the research Alex (and others) have been doing with these possible exceptions, they may not understand why I think its a 1927 case. Its a bunch of detailed "stuff" to read through, and I don't want people to "take my word for it".  

For now, I think we should date this 1927 case as a 1929.  LOL  

When more is revealed and sample size increases, others may think its a 1927 case too.  From roughly 1924-1930, Alex has included every ladies watch record we have on MyBulova, along with those on Watchophilia and examples in his own collection (which he is posting on MyBulova) - well over 100 records for this time period.  He's looked at these data from almost every angle, and I've tried to follow what hes doing/saying. He's also looked at these case signature trends in mens watches too, so he's not ignoring mens models in this research.

So take my word for it, you should not take my word for it  :)  In less than a year from now, folks may be able to see what Alex and I "think" we see now.  Big (Bulova) ships turn slow.