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Bulova 1935 Champ

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67

Manufacture Year: 

1935

Movement Model: 

13AP

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

5258956

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This one blew by me so fast on the 'Bay I didn't get a chance to grab it... 

Probably the third one I've seen in maybe 5 years. I missed another one a couple years back coming from Italy. This is of course, the Champagne ebauche Pendule style automatic known as the 'Bulova Champ'.

We have discussed this watch elsewhere, but here for the benefit of the database is another good example. It is interesting to note that the serial numbers of the two now in the dB are very close. This one is 5258956, the other one is 5258933. The third one I have seen (in person) is also as close in serial. (10 numbers off) 

If this watch belongs to a member, my apologies and we humbly ask your permission to keep the entry. 

 

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1932 Bulova Champ watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 13, 2018 - 6:06am

Wasn't this movement referred to as 'wig-wag'? Here's the other we have in the dB. I will be tentative on the name, as I was on the other. I wonder why 1932, wouldn't we date it to 1935 based on s/n?

193X Bulova Champ (tentative)

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 13, 2018 - 10:26am

Sorry, Geoff, my mistake, should be 1935. 

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted October 13, 2018 - 10:46am

The 'Wig-Wag' is a different movt, called the Champagne 19-4. This one (28-20) is called a Pendule because the bumper system uses a pendulum style weight. This is similar to the very first winding systems designed and used in pocket watches of which Breguet is an excellent example. (1780)

This is the 'Wig-Wag':

 

 

 

 

 

jabs
Panel Member
Posted October 13, 2018 - 11:15am

1935 Bulova Champ, very interesting watch

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted October 14, 2018 - 12:09pm

Very cool. - Champ

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 19, 2018 - 1:05am

Based on previous discussions I agree to ID as a tentative Bulova Champ, in keeping with the other example we have in the database.