Identify Ladies 18k Bulova with diamonds?

Please help me identify this Ladies Bulova. Front has 12 diamonds: 5 each side, one above 12 and one below 6. Inside case reads: PLAT TOP 18K. 17J. Serial # (?) 93729. Also 6R. Any help would be appreciated!

 

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DarHin
Posted March 14, 2012 - 3:43pm

Princine variation? Diamond encrusted bezel and 17j movement. Can't make out the date symbol. There's no 6R in the movement db nor on ranfft's site.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 14, 2012 - 4:06pm

Would be a high end piece for its Day. 'PLAT TOP' indicates a Platinum Bezel and the Diamonds will almost positively be genuine.

Check the Database ads 1924 - 1928 as there are some Ladies Diamond / Platinum models shown there.

Very nice!

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DarHin
Posted March 14, 2012 - 4:01pm

Just noticed that the case back isn't signed.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 14, 2012 - 4:06pm

good point

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 14, 2012 - 5:37pm

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A 6R is an Aurore-Villeret calibre 11. Bulova used these quite a bit, and FHF modeled some after these, which causes some confusion. 

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DarHin
Posted March 14, 2012 - 5:46pm

Too lazy to walk 30' and look it up in my bestfit catalog.

Darren (yawn)

OldTicker
Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:02pm

Not even a Bulova or A.S. case, looks like a Jeweler Custom, wonder if PLAT. TOP means the bezel is Platinum & the back is 18K?? or is that the casemaker name..

preciousrosie
Posted March 16, 2012 - 5:16pm

Thanks for all of the information. I see now why despite looking over the past 10 years on and off and  for hours this past week,  I was unable to find this watch anywhere.

Some questions:
Since the case is not marked, is there any source that I could reference to help with identification?

What is FHF?

What is A.S.?

Any suggestions on where to research non-Bulova high end watches? Or recommendation of some one in NJ/NY to contact who might be of help?

Thanks Again~

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 17, 2012 - 7:49pm

The engraving patterns on the sides of the Case and Bezel certainly have Bulova characteristics and the 1923 - 1 database ad refers to model # 7805 as a having an '18K Case with Platinum top'.

This is a Bulova.

IMO.

 

preciousrosie,

Is there a serial number stamped inside the Caseback?

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William Smith
Posted March 19, 2012 - 4:49pm

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It looks like there could be somethign over the perlage (behind the black jewelers ink) on inside case back photo. 

preciousrosie
Posted March 19, 2012 - 4:51pm

Thanks FifthAve. I dont see a number stamped inside the case back. Only 18K Plat-Top. There are some etched numbers / letters. Hard to read with the magnification I have. Would hand etched info be helpful- or only stamped?

Thanks for the ad- will check it out.

On another note- every time I try to login in, it says I am not recognized and I need to ask for a new password. Any idea how to fix that?

Thanks ~

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William Smith
Posted March 19, 2012 - 4:54pm

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No help on password, but the hand etched stuff on inside case back isn't much hlep. I was thinking stamped stuff, whether a nice machine stamp like the other markings, or even a hand stamped number or stamping in diff font or the likes. Thanks now we know there's not a SN inside case back.