Bulova 1922 8 Days

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 6:25am

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I have a beautiful WWII German Chronograph pocket watch with the same story...missing crown and stem (non Bulova) so thats another story....one day I also hope.

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 6:33am

Yes, without reference it makes matters a little more challenging.

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 12:10pm

Seems to me like the brigade level (several companies combine to make a Brigade) maintenance were required to keep the 'official time' with an 8 day clock...one of our ORD Tm's mentions calibrating watches to the 8 day clock....maybe this is it???

Agree it could still be aviation, I only meant that IF it had a magnet, it would not be aviation use.

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 12:18pm

It's possible shooter or they calibrated to a similar, zero magnets.

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 12:22pm

You may never find a stem, but should be able to get one modified from say a larger pocket watch but it would require a REAL watchmaker, not just a clean and lube guy.

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 12:25pm

I can ask my guy ( 80 some yr old trained by Seiko in the '40's ) who I know can do it but dont know if he will, hes kinda grumpy and mostly retired lol but he has made me some precision micro stuff un related to watches (steel pinion gears for rc cars and some titanium controll rods for same)

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Posted September 16, 2011 - 2:01pm

My Watchmaker is a Bulova School Grad, problem is He's getting on in Years. I haven't showed Him the piece Yet and He just may have a stem in His inventory, who knows.

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Posted October 2, 2012 - 3:28pm

Great piece Mark.

My 1952 Besfit catalog #101 list's the 22B as taking a stem #056F which is also used in the 19AT movement.

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Reverend Rob
Posted October 2, 2012 - 3:59pm

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My first impression is that it's a typical car clock. I've serviced quite a few of these, and they are always in bad shape. After being in a car dash (You would lift it out of it's socket in the dash to wind it, or the stem would protrude below the dash)  and banging around for years, they suffered a lot of wear and tear, especially in colder climates, where condensation would wreak havoc. I haven't serviced a Bulova version, but many of the other types, Jaeger, Elgin and Waltham. We had a collection of Aviation clocks, both chronograph and time only, and they were all LeCoultre, and well jewelled. These 7 jewel clocks always wore out relatively quickly, I was told by an old timer who remembers them well in the old cars. 

Stems for these types of clocks are around, but you can also make them, of course. 

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William Smith
Posted July 22, 2015 - 11:33pm

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Bulova Watch Co signature on both case and movement.  1922 is a little early for these signatures?