Spartan

Bulova 1926 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1926
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
9AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
9683
Case Serial No.: 
6588076
Case shape: 
Cushion
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Round 23.5mm (absent)
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Sources of 1926 adverts for the Spartan, to include MyBulova, reflected a dial without sub-seconds and all but two 1927 and other sourced 1928/1929 adverts indicate sub-seconds (see supporting ads). All ads sourced consistently describe the Spartan as “14Kt. white or green gold filled case,” 15 jewel movement, radium dial and having a leather strap. There were a few references to “dust proof case.”

The number "9683" is stamped on the movement; however, I was unsure if this four digit number was a serial number.

The original stamp of the case serial number did not completely strike the first digit; however, after close study, I am confident the first digit is a 6. Additional close-up photographs are available if requested.

This caseback is stamped “14K GOLD FILLED” as opposed to “14K ROLLED GOLD PLATE.”

Signed Bulova: dial, movement, caseback inside.

Unsigned crown measured 6.10mm (digital caliper).

This example seems to wind properly and keep time; however, observation was limited given a complete servicing is pending.  The existing hour hand and the remaining portion of the minute hand moves properly in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction and the sub-second hand appears to move properly. The crystal, “dust-proof” cover for the movement and all but the base of the minute hand are absent.

While the bracelet is aftermarket, as a side note, it is marked “STURDY, NICKEL SILVER, PAT 17739688, 1568617.” US Patent 17739688 was filed November 5, 1928 and issued December 17, 1929, Nels T. Nelson, as an individual. Nelson was associated with J.F. Sturdy’s Sons Company of Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts, and had several bracelet related patents observed between at least 1926 and 1933.

 

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Bulova 1927 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1927
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
249216
Case Serial No.: 
7266539
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard Bulova
Crystal Details: 
dia 23 mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1927 Spartan

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Bulova 1928 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1928
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
10 AP
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
8565414
Case shape: 
Cushion
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

Tri-fold Case measures 35mm lug to lug x 32.5mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Butler finish Radium Dial.

Caseback is stamped as shown.

Vintage display ad Dated 1928 - as found.

 

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Bulova 1928 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1928
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
450124
Case Serial No.: 
8136719
Case shape: 
Other
Crystal Details: 
23.0mm
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

This was a $25.00 watch when new, but for $3.50 more you could get the beautifully engraved Trojan or Conqueror. The Spartan was possibly too plain looking for the roaring 20s, just prior to the market crash, hence the scarcity today.  The case is 27.5mm x 35.0mm Lug-Lug & 16mm between the lugs. Bracelet & watch appear to be all original. Unlike most of the late 20s Bulova mens watches, having a slightly curved back, the Spartan has a flat back & single hinge.

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Bulova 1927 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1927
Movement Model: 
unk
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
N/A
Case shape: 
Cushion
Gender: 
Men's
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1927 Bulova Spartan watch

Bulova 1929 Spartan

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1929
Movement Model: 
unk
Case Serial No.: 
unk
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

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