Bulova 1930 President

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17 x 25 mm
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Crystal is tinted blue.

Inside back reads ...Pat. Jan. 1, 1927


                                Gold Filled

                               New York

Not For Sale
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1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
Jim Townsend
Posted July 3, 2014 - 5:03pm

Looks like  President.


Posted July 3, 2014 - 7:45pm

Thanks for your response. Newbie here. Is the blue crystal something special for this era. 

Is it special for collectors?

happy 4th to you.

Posted July 3, 2014 - 9:09pm


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Posted July 4, 2014 - 4:56am

Case serial gives us a date of 1930.

The blue crystal is unusual, but coloured crystals were available, still are.

GARFIELD, 1929 ad.



Geoff Baker
Posted July 4, 2014 - 9:39am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi Moose - welcome to myBulova, great looking watch. I agree with Bob on two points. I think your watch is a 1930 case, so we would identify it as a 1930 model. The blue crystal is a replacement and it was/is possible to find them in various colors, some quite striking.

The points we don't quite agree on ( three actually) is that I think your watch is a 1930 President as shown in comparison below:

 Ad is 1931

 ad is 1929

PS - the other point(s) Bob and I differ on are spelling and national holidays, being a Brit, Bob spells some words differently (it's still the Kings English though...) and celebrates July 4 differently as well!

PSS - myBulova members are global, I can think of six or seven countries represented from at least three continents.


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Posted July 4, 2014 - 10:17am

Now we are in agreement on several points:

*This IS a President (hang my head in shame!).

*The year.

*The crystal.

*This watch is fantastic!

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William Smith
Posted July 4, 2014 - 2:32pm

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1930 President.  

Posted July 5, 2014 - 7:58pm

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Not that I'm debating the President model but could I please get confirmation of the movement details, in particular the serial number and date code. I'm just thinking that the movement is earlier than 1930.

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William Smith
Posted July 5, 2014 - 8:42pm

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Darn   The main title is displaying as 1927 President.  Some little glitch.

EDIT:  I changed root record drop-down to 1930 and now main title is showing 1929  LOL  

Posted July 7, 2014 - 9:40am

I want to confirm the movement details. The Case serial number 0185422 may also read 0135422.

the detail on the 3rd number  is hard to read.

The movement model # 9A and serial # 63119 are correct.

Thanking you again for all your help in identifying my watch. Purchased it at a fleamarket, some 30 years ago in New York.

I realize the condition is poor, and there isn't a strap. Could you possibly give a value range, for curiosity sake.

Thanks once more.