Bulova 1930 -Unknown

Submitted by atlbob on July 8, 2011 - 1:40pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Cresent Moon
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Crystal Details
Curvature - roughly 7/8 in. x 7/8 in.
Additional Information

Wonderful website here - I've enjoyed looking around.

Just received this as a family heirloom. Original wearer passed away in the 30's, and it's my understanding it's been sitting in a drawer since then. Wound it up and it worked beautifully.

Looks very similar to some of the "Senators" on the site - as well as the Executives, Athletes and Brewsters. I can't seem to find a case that looks quite like it though. It has a radium dial and the "open" 9.

Apologies for the poor pics - there's tiny x's around the frame of the case - they almost look like tiny confederate flags. If need be, I'm sure I can find a better camera.

Case number looks like C23C567 - but the 3 could be a faded 8. Patent date of Jan. 11, 1927.

Both the crystal and the back of the case have a slight curvature.

Thanks in advance to anyone with any insight about the watch.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted July 9, 2011 - 2:39am

Although I have copied every pre-1930 Bulova watch I have ever seen online, I have never seen this engraving pattern before. The X & I engraving pattern is also used on the 1928-30 Lone Eagle series II tonneau shaped watch. The 1930 President, 1930-31 Sky King engraving pattern has XX I XX I. However, I don't recognize the outer vertical twist patterns on your watch.

This beauty deserves some clear pictures to better discern & define the engraving details. It appears you are a very lucky guy!


Posted July 9, 2011 - 10:27am

Thanks Wayne - I love the watch. Hard to believe how many "unknowns" there are out there. I'll get a hold of a better camera and post some clearer pics in the next few days.

Posted July 10, 2011 - 1:25am

I agree with Wayne, very unique case. Seems to combine a number of patterns from a number of known watches we have in the database.

Wayne Hanley
Posted August 1, 2011 - 7:13pm


I just acquired the tonneau version with the same engraving style as your watch. Kind of unique, I've never seen this one before either.

Posted August 30, 2011 - 11:11am

That's interesting. Maybe this style was simply an option for other models?

Posted August 31, 2011 - 10:09am

a 'real mans watch' shows a similar pattern - model unknown, ad dated 1930

William Smith
Posted February 2, 2014 - 11:05pm

Case SN most likely starts with zero vs a "C".  

Posted February 2, 2014 - 11:20pm

Very nice watch, tthanks for sharing it with us. 

Unknown at this time.