Bulova 1933 Kirkwood

Submitted by airborne on February 9, 2013 - 11:04pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
25.5mm x 19mm roughly
Additional Information

Case is 26mm x 29.5mm without crown and lugs.

Really sweet getsn and somewhat  big for the time.  Two tone white with yellow gold scrolling. Somewhat a combination of stepped sides and the wavey sides like a ranger but not that either.

You'll notice the back has a defferent serial number starting with a 5.. as opposed to the inside corrent date serial.


I don't think I've seen this one in an ad yet?

Could be mistaken for the Sky King by the dabbler but definately not that.

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William Smith
Posted February 14, 2013 - 1:03am

In reply to by plainsmen

Here's another ad for Kirkwood. Dec 20 1934 edition of The Gettysburg Times.  Click for full ad.

Posted February 11, 2013 - 3:31pm

AWW, c'mon! It does say "extremely good looking", even though my photo is not there!   :^D

Geoff Baker
Posted February 12, 2013 - 5:40am

I would go tentative on Kirkwood

William Smith
Posted February 14, 2013 - 3:38pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Now there's two different Kirkwood ads from same period - different watches.  It's difficult to judge which may be correct, but not impossible to make an informed guess.  I doubt they both are correct.  There are patterns which are becoming more apparent though....which may be useful to somehow rate the reliability of these newspaper ads.  

Posted February 14, 2013 - 4:51pm

Jerin's crystal specs coincide with the Kirkwood in my '37 GS catalog taking their H465 listed as 25.5x19.3. While the Kirkwood is the only model listed for the H465 this doesn't necessarily mean that it is in fact the only one. Less popular model/models could have been dropped from the index.

If I were voting I would go tentative Kirkwood until a clearer ad is found.

William Smith
Posted February 14, 2013 - 7:54pm

That second Kirkwood ad- the 21 jeweler- could take the same crystal too.  I think it's a matter of years these were two diff models were produced...not the years they were marketed by these distributors/vendors ads.  The "end dates" don't work near as well as the "earliest possible start date" based on these ads.  Overlap, perhaps even based on stock in hand...

Posted February 15, 2013 - 8:37pm

Tentative, Yes, Griany ad does not show to much for the engraving, could be, maybe but I can't see anything anymore.

William Smith
Posted February 19, 2013 - 3:35pm

Gang  Lisa sent us the full ad for slightly grany graphic "matching" subject watch. The resolution is about the same as the snippet used in this thread.  The full ad ran in The Lowell Sun on Friday, 5 October 1934.  The ad was taken out by the Scott Jewelry Company, and they have several other Bulova watches pictured and correctly ID'ed in the ad.
I'm on board with a tentative Kirkwood ID!