Bulova 1921 954

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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
1921 Bulova watch
1921 Bulova watch
1921 Bulova watch
1921 Bulova watch
trilojy's picture
Posted July 24, 2013 - 7:36pm



Posted July 24, 2013 - 7:48pm

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Given the info Mark has provided, perhaps the original owner bought a new watch in 1930+ , put her older watch in it and stashed it away in the house then forgot where she hid it. Hence you have it today.

trilojy's picture
Posted July 24, 2013 - 8:43pm

that is very possible, thank you.

Posted July 24, 2013 - 9:57pm

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There is also the timing when Bulova took up residence in the 5th Avenue location. Prior to that I believe they where in Maiden Lane.This watch is a true piece of Bulova`s history.and should be treasured. The box adds an interesting twist as to how the two came together. Either waythey make a beautiful pair.

These cardboard boxes are becoming harder and harder to find. Other than the name is there anything else on the inside of the box.

trilojy's picture
Posted July 25, 2013 - 9:37am

there were no other markings inside the box.  It appears to have been gift wrapped as there is some type of red paper affixed to the bottom of the box.


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 10:16pm

I've enhanced the 1922 image of the '954' and the Watch is not the '954', the engraving pattern differs.

Can We get Case dimensions?

Based on the Reverends note the AAI came in 3 varieties. If the '954' housed the 9 ligne variety (based on admins previous observation of ligne size vs model number for those taking notes) the subject could possibly be the '154'  if housing the 10 ligne version.

this is good stuff.....

Posted July 24, 2013 - 11:34pm

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It may just be an optical illusion, but the case and movement look really smaller, certainly smaller than a 10 ligne. My bet is  its a 8n ligne whhich might also explain the lack of Bulova on the dial. An early one indeed.

Posted July 25, 2013 - 8:54am

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I believe its a 954, thus a size 9 ligne movement.

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Posted July 25, 2013 - 12:42am

I just uploaded another image, wasn't sure how to do include it with this reply.

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Posted July 25, 2013 - 12:02am

we are meeting with a longtime jeweler in our hometown on Friday.   I'm guessing he's in his late 80's and has sold/repaired Bulova watches for many years.  His daughter and her family run his store now, but he is stll very active in the business.  He personally knew the 2nd owners of our home (we are the 3rd owners) and may have been a guest here many times.  It is intiguing to know the watch was here all those years.  Other than measuring the case, are there other specific questions I should ask him?