Bulova 1932 Tess

Submitted by 1955mercury on December 2, 2023 - 11:05am
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Received this watch yesterday. I've only seen one other like it and it was in yellow gold plating. I apologize for not removing the dust cover over the movement before taking a photo of it. I had it off yesterday and it was a really agravating task. It's a very tight fit and the case has wire lugs and the band and the hinged case back kept getting in the way. It has a 6AF, 15 jewel movement with an "X" date code for 1933. I haven't done anything to it yet. I think I've searched the site pretty thoroughly and can't find another Bulova or an ad identifying it. Anyone have any idea of the name of it?

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Posted December 4, 2023 - 5:51am

I thought it may have been a 1932 Bulova Elizabeth, but the description isn't a match.

The other possible model is a Celestine..

1932 Bulova Elizabeth



Posted December 4, 2023 - 5:54am

??? 1933 Bulova Miss America

1933 Bulova Miss America

Posted December 4, 2023 - 6:29am

Thanks for the comments Steven. The Miss America examples presented on here for the years 1932 through 1935 don't appear to have the wire lugs and the Elizabeth in the ad has 3 flares on each side of the case in the ad you presented. The Celestine is the closest looking match, but none of the examples shown have the same engraving as this one. Maybe there were several variants in the Celestine model? I don't know, but this is only the 2nd Bulova I've seen like this one and the other one was in yellow. It was the one I showed you that was for sale on etsy. 

Posted December 4, 2023 - 6:31am

In reply to by 1955mercury

I meant 4 flares above. Called myself proof reading before saving and still messed up. 

Kathy L.
Posted December 6, 2023 - 11:02am

I think it could be the Celestine but I haven't been able to find an ad that is engraved and it just isn't clear enough for me to name it.

Unknown for now

Posted December 6, 2023 - 11:19am

In reply to by Kathy L.

Thank you Kathy. I'm happy if it is an unknown for now. Then I can be happy a second time if it gets a model name. 

Geoff Baker
Posted December 6, 2023 - 9:50pm

1932 Bulova Unknown

Posted December 9, 2023 - 8:00pm

Agreed that this does appear to match a Celestine except for the engraving.  I found no ads showing an engraved option.  Unknown.


Posted January 21, 2024 - 7:02am

This one looks just like the one in the new 1934 ad JimDon found yesterday, but the jewel count is not the same. Reckon mine has had a movement swap? This is the ad JimDon found.