Bulova 1929 Wimbledon

Submitted by tshanno on November 11, 2020 - 1:50pm
Manufacture Year
1929
Movement Model
8AT
Movement Date Code
Shield
Movement Jewels
15
Movement Serial No.
304801
Case Serial No.
9139069
Case shape
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Ladies
Additional Information

Preliminary diagnosis in Wimbledon.  But see below.

The case is 14K gold filled and marked "Bulova New York".  Getting a picture of the case back was very challenging because the case doesn't want to open up all the way and I didn't want to force it.  The movement is a 15 J 8AT.  

So if you guys accept this as a Wimbledon I think it would be a first for the database.  A search doesn't turn up any and, in fact, I don't even think there were any 8AT movements.

I couldn't find an ad on the site.  My identification is based upon an identical watch at watchophilia.com.  The watch there is the same year and the same movement.  The watch has an ad that is paired with it.  I can supply the link if you wish.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted November 11, 2020 - 4:08pm

Looks like a match to me. Wimbledon was actually a ladies "Sports Model"; larger in size than the norm of the era for women's watches. I personally would wear it.

wimbledon1928

Nice snag, congrats! Condition appears to be exceptional, with lots of service markings inside case.

1929 (Ladies) Bulova Wimbledon

I changed gender in initial description above for you.

tshanno
Posted November 13, 2020 - 5:31am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I has no idea this was a ladies watch. I will most certainly wear it!

 Thanks, guys. 
Tom S. 

Geoff Baker
Posted November 13, 2020 - 9:25pm

In reply to by tshanno

I never did understand why Bulova marketed these as women's 'sport' watches. They're the same size as men's watches of the era aren't they?

tshanno
Posted November 25, 2020 - 5:08pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

This one is definitely a little smaller than the Dictator you and I were talking about the other day.  Its a lot smaller than the President from about the same era.

Having said that, it definitely isn't so small that you'd wear it and someone without any previous knowledge about such things would look at it and say, "ladies watch".  

Tom S.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted November 11, 2020 - 4:30pm

I enlarged the ad and cleaned it up best I could, left side shows engraving as a match pretty well.

wimbledon snip

Kathy L.
Posted November 11, 2020 - 4:48pm

Yes look at all those service marks, awesome!  Nice example, congrats.

1929 Bulova Wimbledon

Alex
Posted November 11, 2020 - 8:17pm

Definitively a Wimbledon. Congrats!

Geoff Baker
Posted November 11, 2020 - 8:39pm

Great looking watch Tom, well found. 1929 Bulova Wimbledon