Bulova 1924 Pocket Watch

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2.67
Manufacture Year: 
1924
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
Thin H ?
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
1380
Case Serial No.: 
None
Case shape: 
Other
Crystal Details: 
None
Additional Information: 

    I bought this movement off of the net not knowing what it was other than what I could see of it (bad Pictures)and it looked worth taking a chance on since it was cheap. Turns out it's a Bulova.  It appears from the name stamping "Bulova W. Co." to be a 1924 or earlier model. However on the plate it also has the triangle denoting 1926 manufacture. The triangle has a 13 in it although it can't be seen in the pictures. There is also the word Swiss stamped in script on the plate.   It is a 17 jewel, 4 adjustment.  It has the words "Thin H "on the bridge and on the barrel bridge is the number 1380. I believe the works/bridges are nickle plated. There is nothing (that I could see) stamped underneath the balance cock but I haven't taken it all the way down yet.

     The dial is silver metal with painted Arabic numerals and on the back of the dial is the name L.Meroz-Hurst who I understand made dials for a lot of companies. Also on the dial plate is the number 549227. There is also a number 7  on the dial plate up towards the winding mechanism.  I don't know a whole lot about watches and everything I've been able to find has come directly from this site. I have been able to find no reference to the "Thin H' designation but I would would almost assume it is a model designation of some type. The balance is free and it appears that with a cleaning and oiling this watch will run. In the pictures you can see where some ambitous soul appears to have pried it from it's case, probably for gold recovery. Luckily they didn't hit anything vital .

    I appreciate any information anyone might have or any ideas of where else I can search. 

   

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Mindless
Posted April 27, 2013 - 8:21am

 Here is a clearer picture of the regulator.

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Mindless
Posted April 27, 2013 - 8:36am

   Reverend Rob - Ok. You just lost me but I'm learning.  Is this it?

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 27, 2013 - 6:04pm

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That's it. Was there a plate that went over the setting mechanism? 

Movements can sometimes be identified by their keyless works 'fingerprint'. A lot of movements were similar, but the winding/setting mechanisms can be quite unique. If we know the size of the movt, and have a pic of the mechanism, we can match it to a BestFit catalogue. I have ID'ed quite a few Swiss pocket watches this way. 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 12:34am

    No sir. No plate. When I removed the dial that's all there was. I'm glad that was right area. Google was NOT my friend for the term sautoir.  I did see another movement that was 17 jewels but with five adjustments rather than four. Pretty much the same set up but without the "Thin H' designation  or any model/date code and the stampings were in different spots on the bridges.  Now if I had a time machine.....

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William Smith
Posted April 28, 2013 - 4:06pm

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I have some pictures of another similar movement - same jewel count/ layout/ and says Thin H.  I don't think its the exact same movement, but it could be.  They are on another computer now....I'll post when I get home.  The Thin H is not new or too unique to me, but I can't tell you if I've seen three or four w/ this mark.  I do think all the ones I've seen were on movements with the earlier Bulova w Co signature.  Bulova could have used some older parts after the change to the newer Bulova Watch Co signature date (on paper), but I doubt they would use them for too long.  Nice watch!

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Posted May 2, 2013 - 2:26am

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Despite only being the movement, I've moved IDd this as a generic pocket watch.

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bobbee
Posted May 2, 2013 - 3:08am

It will date to pre April 1923 with the signature "Bulova W co" on it.

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Mindless
Posted May 2, 2013 - 8:15am

 Thanks all. 

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 3, 2013 - 8:22am

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The keyless works match the Bulova 17H. 

An all-Bulova, made in Switzerland design. It would have been produced at Bulova's own Swiss factory. Might be older than we think. 

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Posted May 8, 2013 - 8:44am

Further information. On the bottom of the main wheel bridge is  hand scratched the same number as is stamped into the front of the dial plate. The (7) is written in the european manner.  You can just barely see near the screw hole the number (7) stamped  on this bridge. And on the bottom of the other two are  stamped the last two digits (27) .  I wonder if this may have been an individual unit number.  I only took a picture of the scratched numbers. Now that it's back together I'm wishing I'd gone ahead and taken pics of the other two bridges just because. Ah well. It IS running now.