Bulova 1920 Pocket Watch

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Case engraved on inside 'GUY FROM MABEL DEC. 25 1923'. Back case engraved 'GWC'

I've just serviced this beauty and she now runs pretty much perfectly which is a great pleasure to witness. Lost 10 seconds over 48 hours and that was not even adjusted when re-assembled.

All original parts with '8' stamped on the main plate, bridge and barrell bridge.

Movement plate stamp with serial number 1194674.

When I saw this watch for sale I was really keen to buy it and restored her as best I could back to beautiful working order. It feels great to hold and really has some weight to it.

I'm really hoping we can find some nice early adverts showing this pocket watch.


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Posted September 21, 2013 - 6:56am

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Here is the original uncleaned version as recieved.

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1923 Bulova pocket watch movement

Posted September 21, 2013 - 6:59am

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1923 Bulova pocket watch with original 1923 advert

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:19am

Nice one admin.

It's a Pocket Watch, Railroad grade.

Very similar to the 410 / 412 shown in 1923 ad 1 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1923-1.jpg  but not quite a match. The 470 shown in 1923 ad 2 has the correllating Jewel count (17) http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1923-2.jpg but still not a match on the Case.

Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:21am

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Yeah, I've looked through all my adverts too and it's Unknown at the moment. She's ALL Bulova though!

Posted September 23, 2013 - 4:01pm

I have the same movement without a case....posted as a comparison with another pocket watch movement. It didn't generate nearly as much enthusiasm as your restoration Stephen :-)

Its at the bottom of the page on the following link:


Posted September 23, 2013 - 10:58pm

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Yep they look to be the same movement. Interesting how the 'Bulova W.Co' stamp is different. Make me wonder why. Different manufacture location? Different part of the factory? Different period ?

Yours has a serial number on the top barrel bridge, mine is on the bottom plate. I wonder why the inconsistency?

Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:15am

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How can you tell its railroad grade Mark?

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:51am


By the micro adjuster on the regulator, Movement adjustable to 5 positions, the Dial and Hands would have been compliant and the coin edge case.

The Watch meets the general Railroad Timepiece standards of 1893

  • Be open face (no lid over the dial), size 18 or 16 (Lancashire Gauge for measuring watches)
  • Plain white dial, bold black hands, and bold Arabic numbers
  • Be lever set with the winding stem at 12 o'clock (to set the time, the case had to be opened, lever pulled out to set the hands, to prevent an accidental change)
  • Have a minimum of 17 jewels, a double roller, steel escape wheel, micro metric regulator and grade on back plate
  • Be adjusted to at least 5 positions (stem up, left side up, right side up, face up and face down)
  • Temperature compensated for 34 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Keep time accurately to within a gain or loss no more than than 30 seconds a week
Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:52am

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Ok I sort of thought that's what you might have been referring to. I've just given her a full turn of the screw to see if that helps with the 5 second a day loss.

I didn't know about the coin edge case though...I was wondering if that was something we have seen before on a early PW.

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 7:55am

with a little fiddling You should be able to get the 10 Seconds back.

: )