The American Boy

Hrmm... well I've been on the hunt for a Bulova American Boy for three years now.  I have not seen hide nor hair of one.  I've seen a Bulova American Boy watch crystal packet, but never the watch.

Here is even an ad I found for the American Boy, surrounded by a full page ad of Bulova watches.

I have not found a BULOVA one... but here's what I have found, a 1929 Westfield American Boy exact match to this watch.

I'm about convinced that the BULOVA American Boy is either as rare as they come, or virtually non-exsistant.  I'm thinking this is what they considered the Bulova American Boy.

 

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bobbee
Posted January 6, 2013 - 1:19pm

I agree, the ad has no name on the dial, the jewel count is the same and it is an exact match.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 6, 2013 - 4:54pm

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Nice find and I would also agree that Bulova did not release one under their own badge but used their cheaper brand to release a model aimed at boys.

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William Smith
Posted January 6, 2013 - 6:30pm

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Yep I agree it's likely a Westie and not a Bulova-branded watch that we ahve been chasing...Nice find Jerin

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bobbee
Posted January 7, 2013 - 5:33pm

Ad dates to June 1930, there's your watch, 2nd down on the left Jerin!

Ad courtesy of Larry Balls.

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William Smith
Posted January 7, 2013 - 5:40pm

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...another good ad find Bobbee.  Thanks to you (and Larry Balls) for the ad.  There's a couple other interesting watches in that ad.....bottom left and top right.....looking very familiar :)

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bobbee
Posted January 7, 2013 - 9:12pm

Are you referring to the Watertite, my boy?

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William Smith
Posted January 7, 2013 - 9:39pm

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Yep...or similar/look like

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bobbee
Posted January 7, 2013 - 9:44pm

Just look at the finish on the subject watch, for an 80 + year old watch, that would have been worn by a kid rough-housing and treating it bad, it's in remarkable condition for a $10 watch.

You would not get that value for money today very easily.

dhhirsch
Posted July 27, 2016 - 2:26pm

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Hi Plainsmen,

Did you ever get an American Boy?  I just picked up this one, but the watch is different from the one in the ad...  I'm trying to do some research into Admiral Byrd and his connection with Bulova... Apparently he had some kind of endorsement arrangement with Bulova in 1930. I'm trying to pin that down and will post what I find...

David

dhhirsch
Posted July 27, 2016 - 2:30pm

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I guess it looks like the one in the lower right hand corner of the larger ad?

David

plainsmen
Posted August 31, 2016 - 9:20am

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Oh WOW... that case is as rare as they come. You may have one of the only ones left. Seriously... what a great find with watch intact.

plainsmen
Posted August 31, 2016 - 9:24am

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I never have seen a Bulova American Boy. Pretty sure they were Westfield only. If you look at Mr. Baker's collection, you will see several models of the Westfield American Boy.