Bulova 1934 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by Avolub on September 4, 2019 - 10:10am
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Caseback is stamped:
Base Metal

Can't find more information about this watch.
Seems like there is a Stamp on the movement but it's not clear.

1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
Posted September 4, 2019 - 10:11am

Not sure about the model Year.

Posted September 4, 2019 - 11:35am

Hi Avolub, and welcome.

I think I am seeing a shield stamped on the movement near the winding stem, which means the movement is 1939.

Although Bulova produced a few watches in this style case, like the Brewster and Attorney in the early 1940's, neither are a match. All Bulova cases are marked as such and include a serial number, so it appears your watch is a Bulova movement recased in a second party casing from a style period later than the movement date. Although I'm not certain, I suspect the face and case were purchased as a set to rejunevate a tired 1939 Bulova. The face may be a Bulova produced example, but I can't find a match anywhere in the late 1930's or early 1940's. It appears the case is rose gold, so the dial is copper colored and a match to case style.

Early replacement faces by third party vendors we sometimes marked "Bulova", until the company filed suit to restrict the use of the name. Later examples had to be marked with the word "movement" or "Rebuilt" under Bulova.

It's a great looking watch, wear it and enjoy it, but I don't believe we will be able to assign a model name to it because it's a combination of Bulova and non-Bulova parts. The original case is the single most important indicator of model name.

Posted September 5, 2019 - 7:55am

Interesting watch. The 10AE was one of Bulova's first US made movements and quite common throughout the 1930s.

I would tend to agree with above that the case is after market, The dials however I'm not sure about.

Kathy L.
Posted September 5, 2019 - 10:00am

Welcome to myBulova!  This is a great looking watch.  However because it isn’t all Bulova it will put this one at Non-Conforming.  

Reverend Rob
Posted September 5, 2019 - 10:32am

US made yes, but based on an FHF 324 ebauche, so not sure how this works. Possibly a certain percentage of modification or assembly in the US qualifies it, I'm not sure.

Unfortunatley non-conforming due to the non-Bulova case.