Bulova 1934 Oakley

Submitted by Reverend Rob on March 24, 2014 - 1:18pm
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I picked this one up from the NAWCC meeting this past weekend. It hasn't been serviced yet, so the movt does look dirty.

The bonus for me in this case is the original bracelet, which I rarely find in this kind of condition. Most, in fact all of the 13AT's I have ever come across are in the Jump hour or direct read "White Prince" types of watches.

Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
Reverend Rob
Posted April 21, 2018 - 1:12pm

I'm thinking Oakley, but the jewel count is supposed to be 17, at least in the later examples. Also, the later examples have the 13AL.

The 13AB, 13AC, 13AL, 13AT, are all from the FHF 29 ebauche. Mods were done as per model.

Posted March 24, 2014 - 1:41pm

1932 -34, Oakley, 32 movement, 34 case?

Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2014 - 5:51am

I agree with the Oakley ID. Probably had the movement and the hands swapped at some point. This is a nice looking watch, very nice condition, I like the original bracelet a lot. Well done Rev.

Posted March 27, 2014 - 6:42am

I really want to say Oakley as well, but apart from the dial which is a perfect match the case is somewhat different. The subject watch seems to have a step at the corners to the lugs were as the below adverts shows a smooth uninterrupted curve.

It could explain the movement and case year difference.

1934 Bulova Oakley

Reverend Rob
Posted April 6, 2014 - 9:49am

I thought I saw an ad where the little step is shown, but now I can't find it. 

I see we have two other watches ID'd as Oakley, both have the step. Still looking...

Posted April 13, 2014 - 2:16am

I know that this movement has a back plate marked for a 13AT, but I believe that it is really a 13AL movement.


The 13AT was a Jump Hour movement but uses the same back plate as the 13AL.

If there was an issue with the plate on the 13AL then a repairman would most likely have just swapped out the plate from a 13AT as the repair parts for those are near impossible to find and it would have been a straight swap, just not marked the same.

Posted April 13, 2014 - 4:13am

I don't think so, as this one has fifteen jewels, the correct number for a 13 AT jump hour mvmnt.Would love to see under the dial, as there must have been some mods to the pinions.

Or it may just be a 13AT that has not been modified for a jump-hour.

Anyone got a jump-hour case but no movement? PM me if so.


EDIT:- Case serial number in root record incorrect.

Internal case back SN starts with a "4", correct date is thus 1934.

As Shawn mentioned.



For date purposes, from 1923-1934 the internal  case serial number (7 digits) is the one that counts usually.

From 1935-1946, the external case serial is the one, unless there is another, seven digit number inside!

Reverend Rob
Posted April 20, 2014 - 6:37pm

When I get a chance, I'll get some dial side pics. 

Geoff Baker
Posted April 26, 2014 - 6:12am

Panel Members, any comments?

Posted May 2, 2014 - 2:47am

Unknown, really?

There are several Oakleys in the DB, all look exactly like this, regardless of the movement, which is immaterial anyway.