Bulova 1952 Commemorative

Submitted by rhinodbp on May 16, 2021 - 10:01pm
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Rockefeller Centre 1952

18Kt Solid Gold case

back w no serial
10 B M movement L2
case back w bulova and 18k
back of case
Posted May 16, 2021 - 10:31pm

You got the back off!!!! WOW..18K gold!!!

So cool man.... Congrats!  That's some special piece.  That being 18K gold.. I wonder if it's not super significant.  Museum piece man.

Promo piece imho.

Posted May 16, 2021 - 10:38pm

WOWSER!!!  18KT Gold!  Amazing piece.  Definitely one for the Bulova Museum.  Clearly a corporate piece for their Rockefeller Center location.   

Posted May 16, 2021 - 10:58pm

Thanks everyone! Interrogated my wife’s aunt and got the case back off! The whole thing is 18k gold. Should have known - it’s heavy.  My wife’s great grandfather worked for the Rockefeller organization. This was a retirement gift given to him by the board in 1952. I found some watchmaker marks inside and it definitely needs service. more to come 

Posted May 17, 2021 - 9:33am

All I can say is Wow. What a treasure, both family and historically. It is interesting that it was awarded to your wife's great-grandfather as a retirement gift, but is obviously a woman's pendant watch. I wonder if he was given a choice of gift, and chose to pick a gift to give to his wife.  Maybe he wasn't a "gold watch guy"?

Posted May 17, 2021 - 10:05am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Thanks for your kind words and thoughts as always Bob. I wasn't sure if it was obvious or not :-) Was thinking that tho.

It's 38mm in diameter and has 1 single loop at the top for a chain. The edge of the bezel is reeded like a coin. Weighs almost 53 grams (with the movement). 

I've seen other pocket watches and a wristwatch from his collection so more work to do on the "why". I think you might be correct about giving it to his wife. Will chase down other family members and gather more info.

Posted May 17, 2021 - 3:29pm

I found two other examples online.  One in 14 karat gold or at least that’s what they said with a Bulova 100 years back.  I also found another 18 karat gold one with a custom back for the Principality of Outer Baldonia.  Everything points to a Bulova watch from their custom awards division.  I do not doubt it would’ve been a retirement gift but it’s unusual being that it’s a Pendant and for a man. Unless he requested this one so he could give it to his wife.  If so it sounds like your grandfather was a very special man.  

Kathy L.
Posted May 18, 2021 - 2:25pm

Wonderful, special piece and lovely family heirloom, congrats!!


Posted May 19, 2021 - 5:56am

In the past we have ID'd something of this nature as 'Promotional'. I'm wondering if another category can be added, 'Commemorative'?

Panel thioughts?