Bulova 1921 954

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Model ID rating explained.
2.505
Manufacture Year: 
1921
Movement Model: 
AA1
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
5950
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

We recently found this watch in its original box hidden in our 1918 home.  It is 14k white gold and works perfectly.  It is indentified as belonging to the original homeowner's wife with her name handwritten on the underside of the lid.   All comments are welcome.

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1921-23 Bulova W Co.14K white gold 15 jewelloriginal band
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1921 Bulova watch
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bourg01
Posted July 24, 2013 - 4:15pm

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Well, That's very interesting. Perhaps that's just the way they did things back then. wrapped in lace and placed in the box'

There is also a model 154 that this watch could be, also in the 1922 ads. Since the 954 only appears once and the 154 appears a few times in different ads, I'm inclined to think the 954 was misprinted.

Super heirloom piece that I'm sure will stay in your family for many years to come.  Best of luck to you getting it serviced, just don't run it till it's been done and it'll be just fine for another 95 years.

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trilojy
Posted July 24, 2013 - 4:28pm

thank you for your comments.  It has been very interesting to learn some of the history.  If I followed the correct link, the comparable watch had Bulova printed on the face and mine does not.  Also, the serial number is located in a different place.  I did not disclose the serial number originally, was that a mistake on my part? 

 

bourg01
Posted July 24, 2013 - 4:42pm

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The ads I've looked at are located under the information tab, vintage Bulova ads. I'm not seeing Bulova printed on the dials of the ones I've looked at. No biggy with the serial #, we can see it in the pictures but it is always best to provide as much info as possible.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted July 24, 2013 - 5:28pm

The outer box shown is post 1929 and in its self is a great piece but did not belong with the Watch originally.

The Watch resembles the '954'

ad is Dated 1922 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_photos/user2196/1922%20DEC.%2019th.jpg2_.jpg

 

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trilojy
Posted July 24, 2013 - 6:23pm

wasn't the Observatory built in 1920 and then the name changed again in 1923?  Would boxes after 1923 still be labeled Bulova Observatory?    We assumed since it was a ladies watch, and since the box has the original owner of our houses wife's name written inside, it was the original box.  Thanks for the insight and the link.  All info is appreciated.   =)

 

 

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 24, 2013 - 5:43pm

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Not all the early Bulova watches said "Bulova" on the dial. I'm not sure about the confusion between the 154 and '954', it might not be a mis-print. 

There were three variations of 'AAI':

10''', 9''', and 8'''. I believe this one is based on the good old FHF 'Robert'. 

I'm guessing that is the original band. Quite a find. 

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trilojy
Posted July 24, 2013 - 6:35pm

We assume it is the original band, it looks identical to photos I've seen.  It must have been worn very little as it looks new.  However, the box was so covered in dust when my husband found it, he originally thought it was a wooden board.

 

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trilojy
Posted July 24, 2013 - 6:38pm

I'm sorry, can you explain?  not sure what good old FHF 'Robert' means.  

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 25, 2013 - 8:43am

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Bulova used Swiss ebauches in their watches, as well as all-US made movements later on. This one, the 'AAI', is based on an ebauche by Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon, or FHF. They called this the 'Robert' for some reason. It is similar to the FHF 1146. 

Import code 'BXW' denotes an ebauche imported to the US for Bulova, but the early ones do not have this, they were marked 'Swiss'. 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted July 24, 2013 - 6:30pm

Trilojy,

The building on which the Observatory was built completed in 1929, the fist ad showing the 'Cased and Timed by Bulova Observatory Time' slogan appears in 1930.