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Bulova 1929 -Unknown

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This is a Bulova Ladies watch in 14K White Gold with Green Enamel inlay.  The Enamel inlay is fading/worn but when and if we can find a name, she will be restored.

The last photo has been enlarged to show pattern around face/case of watch.

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Posted September 23, 2018 - 4:17pm

Dear TexasLady, Your watching an unknown. It is part of a series of 14K solid gold watches having what I call the “basic shapes” that Bulova issued in 1929. This model is the Tonneau shape, but it exist in other basic shapes as well, all having these “baguette” style engraving on the bezel. To the best of my knowledge (and I have seen around 10 so far) , they did not come with any enamel so I suspect that your green enamel is either the work of a hobbyist or possibly just dirt. Enjoy the watch!

Posted September 23, 2018 - 4:22pm

Thank you, Alex.

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Posted September 26, 2018 - 8:26am

I suspect Alex might be right about the enamel. I've gone through the ads and see a fair number of ads showing this case shape in gold, as well as gold plate but none enameled. Here's an unnamed ad from 1927 that is a match to identified Princines in the Db:

I'm going out on a limb here and saying it's possible this is an unadvertised Princine in solid gold grade with embedded debris in the high point worn engraving and obscurring the lowest details? It appears to be a match to this watch, with the exception of gold content.

I would suggest having the case untrasonically cleaned and see what happens. Enamel will be unaffected, but ancient "cookie dough" will dissolve and go away.

Maybe I'm all wet, but this is all I can come up with.



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Posted October 3, 2018 - 12:15am

I'd say that between the variation in engraving and the solid 14K gold case this is likely to be a yet identified model.

1929 Unknown for me.

Will be good to see what the engraved pattern is if that is dirt build up and not enamel.

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Posted October 3, 2018 - 11:04am

I'm at unknown also for now.

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Posted October 3, 2018 - 11:11am

I also vote unknown for the time being; pending clarification on enamel/debris question.

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Posted October 3, 2018 - 11:17am