Bulova 1952 Sutton

Submitted by randyz@me.com on July 26, 2015 - 7:34am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
13/16 x 11/16
Additional Information

3 Jewels on Face

Compared to advertisements and pictures and can't find similiar housing

Hand etched on inside of back cover:

MW3249P3 and in a hand etched circle: 887JR on first line, 2nd line 2

on top housing inside side is etched in roman numerals 214

1952 Bulova watch
1952 Bulova watch
1952 Bulova watch
1952 Bulova watch
1952 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted July 28, 2015 - 8:04am

Hello Randy Z, welcome to myBulova. This certainly is a fine looking watch, it appears to be in very nice condition. I think I've found an advert from 1954 matching your fine watch. what do you think?


The hand engraving you note are watch makers service marks, typically only decipherable by the individual that made them.

1952 Bulova Sutton

Posted July 28, 2015 - 8:21am

I think you've nailed it.  That looks so close other than the faceted crystal and the slight flairing out of where the band attaches.  Maybe they alterered it between 1952 t0 1954.  It was my grandfathers watch.  My mother had it serviced and passed it down to me.  It works great and I'm tickled to have it. Thanks so much for the help.  It is intriguing as he was not a man of great means and in todays dollars it seems to translate to roughly $625. Again, thanks so much for your time, it is much appreciated.

Posted July 28, 2015 - 9:05am

Sutton sounds good

Reverend Rob
Posted July 28, 2015 - 9:44am


Posted July 28, 2015 - 12:26pm

agree with Sutton, and the three Roman numerals etched inside match the last three digits of the case s/n (214)

William Smith
Posted July 28, 2015 - 1:54pm

Sutton works for me.  
I wonder if the Roman numerals etched inside case (their relative "freshness") were etched by a watchmaker doing a service vs somewhere on the Bulova assembly line?

Posted July 28, 2015 - 2:21pm

Hi.  I enhanced the photos and played quite a bit with lighting in order to get those to show.  I didn't know that they were even there until I read the info on the website about how to date the watches.

Posted July 29, 2015 - 8:30am

The roman numerals are for 214 which match the last three digits of the case serial number.

It's very interesting to see that this practice was still occuring at this time as we first see this in many 1920s Bulova watches.