Introduction and identify model

tsworn's picture

Hi from Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Im English by birth). 

Great to find this site and become a member. Ive started recently collecting vintage Bulova watches (as an antidote to living in the land of fake!).

My interest is rectangular and pre 1960, but preferably 1930s. I have a lot to learn so wanted to find you as experts.

I recently bought this Bulova. It was sold to me as 1939 but I dont know the model name. 

Has a 15 j mechanism, but I dont know if it is original. 

Your assistance gratefully received!



Posted March 3, 2014 - 2:41am

This looks like it could be the 1939 Banker

Watch on the left of the ad.

Also, on the case there should be a serial number, the first digit tends to indicate the year of manufacture, 9213578 would indicate 1929, 1939 or 1949.

Also on the movement, possibly near the stem, there should be a geometric symbol

indicating the date of the movement.

tsworn's picture
Posted March 3, 2014 - 4:50am

Thanks that's very helpful.

On the winder of a 1958 model President I have it has the Bulova name, but on this 1938/9 it doesnt. Does that mean it was always like that or been replaced?

Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:02am

I don't beileve that bulova started putting the name on the crowns until the late 40s or early 50s.

If I am off on the dates there are others here who will have that information in the next 12 hours or so.

The crowns Bulova used in the 1920 and 1930 were plain. 

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Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:18am


Geoff Baker
Posted March 3, 2014 - 7:24am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi tsworn - welcome to myBulova - Your watch is very nice. Would you be willing to add it to our database? That will give us a chance to discuss the ID: