Bulova 1930 Tyler

Submitted by Paleotime on March 16, 2013 - 8:58pm
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Here is one I picked up recently.  Based on the newpaper ads on this site in the 1930 to 1939 thread - this model that was previously the President Madison became the Tyler and was upgraded with to a 21j movement.

So: Tyler

My movement is marked 21j - 6 adjustments.  It does not have a serial number, date stamp or country of origin.

Dial numbers are black enamel.  The work is very good - but I am assuming that this was done over a Radium dial and the hands were swapped at the same time.  However, the finish is good enough that it could be factory and the hand look appropriate to the time.

The case is 14kt GF...Marked with the 1927 patent date.  BTW: the case is hinged but missing the hinge pin.

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 9:14pm

Tyler. Needs Cathederal hands and the dial redone with lume on numbers to be an exact match.

Very nice watch. I don't know if I would bother with the hands and redial if it were mine. I think it looks great like it is.


Posted March 17, 2013 - 9:00am

I just LOVE the dial!

Looks kind of "retro", going back to the earlier style dials, would look better with spade hands, very, very slightly non-conforming but still a Tyler and still a very cool watch.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:26am

Tyler. Is it possible to get a photo added of the dial out from behind the crystal?

Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:56am

Agreed. The President Madson was advertised with a 17 jeweled movement. This watch sports a 21J thus would be a match for the Tyler.

Posted March 18, 2013 - 10:58am

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the nice comments.  I couldn't believe that I didn't have more competition from you guys bidding on this one...This looks to be the first Tyler confirming the movement upgrade indicated in the ad.

I have updated the file with a close-up of the dial...

BTW: I have no plans of touching the dial or the hands.  I like it fine just the way it is.

Reverend Rob
Posted March 18, 2013 - 8:41pm

Agreed, Tyler.

William Smith
Posted March 20, 2013 - 8:53pm

yep Tyler.  Cool watch.  

Reverend Rob
Posted May 18, 2020 - 9:46pm

Those cap jewels are pressed in and would need to be pressed out to properly service this movement.

I'm wondering about the name of this one. Possibly a Masonic reference?