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Bulova 1933 -Unknown

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1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
Posted January 2, 2019 - 10:48am

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Kathy L.
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Posted January 2, 2019 - 11:16am

After viewing the linked watch admin posted I think this was probably a medical watch in it's time.  Hopefully an ad will be found one day but for now I am not finding a match.


Posted January 2, 2019 - 2:06pm


Why a medical watch ? How do you see that ?

PS : Have you seen the yellow glass too ?


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Kathy L.
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Posted January 2, 2019 - 2:59pm

Hi Ben,  Based on this watch in the database  

It has the same movement as your watch which had a center sweeping hand.  It is possible your watch is missing the seconds hand.  Also your dial is pretty worn and could be missing the seconds hand track.  It is just speculation.  In the 30's a watch with a sweeping seconds hand might have been a doctor's watch.

Your crystal is probably acrylic which can yellow.

Posted January 2, 2019 - 3:05pm

Thanks so much

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 2, 2019 - 8:14pm

I agree with Kathy, watches of this period with a center sweep hand were often related to medical usage. Your watch movement had at some point a center sweep hand and another gear that sat atop the movement that drove the second hand.

Bulova 10AN movement with center sweep hand

The dial would also have had an outer minute track with numbers 5, 10, 15 .... 60.

Bulova nurses watch

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Posted January 3, 2019 - 11:46am

Been looking for a couple days now, and have to agree with Kathy and Stephen. This imay be a medical related watch based on apparently missing sweep second hand and dial stripped of original finish that would have originally had a seconds track either inside or outside of face numbers.

I'm a little confused by the serial number on case that would seem to indicate a date of 1937. It's also seems odd that the arrangement of numbers on face don't match the shape of the bezel opening/crystal. I am at 

Unknown, but still looking

Posted January 3, 2019 - 3:18pm

Thanks all for the informations. Hope to find nother one at Paris, my city.