Bulova 1930 -Unknown

Submitted by 1saxman on November 2, 2020 - 5:41pm
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Watch was owned by great aunt (1894-1996) and I have no reason to think it has been restored. Apparently from 1930 because of the case number (0221288). I am not a 'watch guy' so bear with me. Looks to be the original band with matching jewels - watch had a smaller band on it, generic type, because she was a very tiny lady, especially in her old age. I re-installed the original band. 'Fire blue' hands in very nice shape. Crystal is very clear. Movement dust cover is present and movement looks new. I need to get some better pics without the cellulose cover. I found out that the movement number may be scratched into the case cover so I need to shoot that again too. Mainly we would like to know the model (Miss America, Miss Liberty?) and confirmation of the date . I did see 'Swiss' on the movement. I wound it up and it runs and keeps time if I wind it every day.

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Posted November 2, 2020 - 7:21pm

Dear Saxman, the watch of your great aunt is a beautiful example of the Art Deco period having the engraving on the case and with green faux emeralds. It is indeed from 1930 as you correctly state. Bulova had several similar models during that year that were not all advertised. The advertising focussed that year on the Miss America, introduced in April. Your watch is not the Miss America but an “Unknown” that is much more rare. Congratulations!

Posted November 2, 2020 - 8:06pm

Thanks, Alex. Do you think anyone would be interested in better pictures, especially of the case back and movement?

Kathy L.
Posted November 3, 2020 - 5:53pm

Congratulations on a beautiful heirloom from your great aunt.  Yes I agree with Alex.  Bulova focused on some models more than others and it leaves us a lacking for ads.  

Unknown for now.

Posted November 3, 2020 - 7:32pm

Beautiful watch and a wonderful heirloom. I'm afraid to say, I can't find a name for her either. Here is another one in the database with blue stones but appears to be an identical case. Hopefully, at some point an ad will surface and we can give a name.

1930 Unknown (for now)

Posted November 3, 2020 - 9:19pm

Dear Saxman, yes, a clear picture of the movement would be helpful and if you please could fill in the movement details like serial number, number of jewels and date code? That would be great. The date code is a symbol that indicated the year the movement is made. You will find a link here: https://mybulova.com/bulova-date-codes


Posted November 4, 2020 - 7:11pm

I agree this is an unknown.  Very beautiful.  Hopefully an ad will show up shortly.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 5, 2020 - 8:49pm

What a beautiful little watch, I sure wish we had a name for her!

1930 Bulova Unknown