Anyone come across this movement before. Marked Bulova W Co "A Felicetti"

Never seen this on a Bulova watch before. To me it definately shouts pre 1924 early 10 calibre. Never seen one with A Felicetti on before who I presume made the watch for Bulova.  Just wondered if anyone had any info on it.

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bobbee
Posted May 13, 2014 - 1:33pm

I can't find the name on Mikrolisk, but several watches found using this movement, some were WW1 trench watches. One made allusions to the watch being made by a company called Fiem, but again, nothing on Mikrolisk for this company.

Do you have a front picture for the watch, as that may help.

Bulova used several movements in the early Rubaiyats, as seen both here and on Watchophilia, and that is one possible explanation.

By the way Gary, the movement is not a very good fit in that case, so may not be original.

Bob.

 

P.S., have you measured the movement across? that looks to be around a 9 ligne to me.

One ligne=2.2558 mm.

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 13, 2014 - 3:19pm

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A. Felicetti was most likely a jeweller, and these movts are fairly common ebauches for the period. I've seen examples of both fully jewelled and 7 jewel 10''' versions, always in wristlet style trench watches. He may have had an early agreement with Bulova to be an authorized dealer. 

It is also possible that Bulova acquired these movts at a great price,a nd decided to use them, despite the jeweller's name on them. 

We can only speculate, until such time as we get an article or ad or something. Unfortunately my time machine is broken, and the parts I need won't be available til 2071. 

 

JP
Posted May 13, 2014 - 7:48pm

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You probably need a spacer ring for the movement to make it fit the case corectly.

GVP
Posted May 19, 2014 - 3:14pm

I am awaiting arrival of the watch. I purely bought it because of the strange name on the movement. When it arrives this week I will photo it in more detail and measure it. It is on an old ladies watch as shown here from the original seller. Apparently working well and keeping good time. I doubt the case is original to the watch but can't complain at $12 really can I :)

 

 

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William Smith
Posted May 31, 2015 - 6:33am

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Ddi you find out who made the case for this watch?

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bobbee
Posted May 19, 2014 - 5:21pm

Nice one, and that band is probably from the thirties. I used to have one on an Oris Trio watchfrom the early forties, only man sized!

 

Edit- Is that a small "9" (ringed, badly!) stamped next to the middle barrel bridge screw?

 

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bobbee
Posted May 31, 2014 - 3:37am

Here is some info on a watch by a jeweler in the 18th C. going by this name.

http://catalog.antiquorum.com/catalog.html?action=load&lotid=17&auctionid=209

Found by 55mercury.

mybulova_admin
Posted June 1, 2015 - 6:02am

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One possibility is that it's a replacement part from a similar movement. I'm not saying it is, is just one possibility.

JP
Posted June 1, 2015 - 12:31pm

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Stem is too long so crown looks to high on watch. Love a good mistrey (sp) don't you all?