1930? 1940? Frankunbully?

Hello all, I just recently bought this watch site unseen and I cant find it anywhere in the adds. The movement has a rams head or something on it that makes it a 1930 or 40. I thought that it may be a art deco watch from the 50's but the movement is throwing me off. It is only 15 jewels which I believe would put it more in the 30's and the movement is numbered 541464. The case is stainless on the back which makes me wonder if it isnt a Frankenbully case. The case is square and the crystal comes up a good 1/8th of an inch.  Hopefully someone here could help me out.

Posted May 9, 2012 - 8:51pm

Yikes!  The dreaded "Bulova Movement" dial.  That's not a good sign.  What is stamped inside and outside the case back?

The 10AN movement with serial number and omega sign dates to 1930, but that's not a 1930 style case or dial.

My guess is that the only thing Bulova about the watch is the movement, which means it was correctly advertised as "Bulova Movement" (only).  The rest of the watch was produced by another company.

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Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:01pm


Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:04pm

Oh well... thats what you get for not getting to look at it and not knowing what your getting.. ahh it only cost $20... I blow more then that on soda a week..lol   anyone needing a 1930 movement???

Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:36pm

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Hey you got a bargain at $20, the movement is worth that alone!
Keep it you'll probably need it one day.

Posted May 10, 2012 - 10:24pm

Exactly what admin said.  If you are collecting Bulovas, a good balance assembly for a 10AN is worth what you paid for this.

If you want to recover your costs PM me and we might be able to work out an agreement.

Posted May 11, 2012 - 7:30am

OK, since that is two people who seem that they know what they are talking about I will keep the movement. I did think about it before I posted and thought that maybe the movement was worth it regardless. I have just started looking into collecting Bulova's since they are beautiful and in my honest opinion, I really love the fact of what they did for the vets. That in itself is one of the reasons I am drawn to the company. I have always been a lover of things older and I love the looks of the 40 era bulova watches.  

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 10:03am

You got a good mvmnt. a spare crystal, a spare vintage bracelet and spare vintage hands. You got a great deal!

Posted May 11, 2012 - 4:52pm

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Bobee and the rest have said it all, it may be a " Frankie" but it's worth far more than you paid as a parts watch or a complete movement swap for another 1930 case. Too bad I missed it.

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William Smith
Posted May 12, 2012 - 4:53am

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I'm starting to see where these could have come from.  They could have used an old 10AN in one of these rebuilts.

1949 Ad - obviously not in the ad database.