Bulova 1937 Apollo

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on May 26, 2011 - 10:39pm
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Case measures 31.5mm lug to lug x 26mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers. White Dial shows luminous Arabic numerals, Bulova signature and tracks are printed in Black. Hour and Minute Hands are luminous and a Modern style Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial fully obscuring the 6 and encroaching into the 5 and 7 numerals. Snap fit Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown. * Case and Movement matches http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1938-apollo-3056

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 10:10pm

Or a 1937 Hamilton "Endicott?!"


:-)  Scott

Posted August 25, 2011 - 11:09pm

Which came first the chicken or the egg???? LoL

Posted September 29, 2011 - 9:08am

The Chicken.


the late 30's Hammy has slightly larger lugs and enhanced Dial embellishments, but is undoubtably similar.

Thanks for the education.

: )

Posted September 29, 2011 - 12:18pm

I don't know if this matches the ad, something about the case doesn't look right to me compared to the "Artist" rendition?

Posted September 29, 2011 - 1:23pm

Bob, I agree.

Shown is the only Watch currently in the ad database that remotely resembles it other than the 1940's 'AIR WARDEN's etc, but this case design differs slightly, the movement differs also and is dated 1937.....a humdinger until new ads surface.

Posted September 29, 2011 - 4:23pm

Yea, I think this is a different watch model too, Aside from the bezel looking thinner, the figures on the dial don't match either. The biggest problem with this beauty is that Bulova just didn't make many rounds that early so the ad may be way off and the watch is indeed correct. Yes Fifth, another humdinger. Really nice find though, Congrats!

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 29, 2011 - 4:50pm

Nice Military Style watch. Could you list the case dimensions please? Dial features don't match. 

I though Nova had an Apollo? If so it gone now! 

Posted September 29, 2011 - 5:20pm

Now there's another good call, Military style fits the bill too, though 1937...................... hmmm

Posted October 25, 2011 - 1:41pm

a common variant in the latter 1920's and early 1930's was a Radium Dial and a Dress version with raised Gilt numerals. We've seen it a hundred times or more now.

Here is the 'Dress version' named 'APOLLO' in the 1936 ad 3.

Identical Case, identical 15 Jewel 10 AE Movement dated 1938.


Posted October 25, 2011 - 1:40pm

I think your on the right track Mark, as I thought in the beginning. It's just those damn "artist renditions" and un-clear images that can't be enlarged without distortion. As far as the "Military" connection, I couldn't even speculate as I don't collect military watches (save for one Waltham WWII bomber stopwatch that belonged to my ex- father in law) and have really never done the research.