Bulova 1925 Vassar

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1925
Movement Model: 
5P
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
2409?
Case Serial No.: 
13914
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Not For Sale
Mandyheelsmartin@gmail.com 1925 Vassar 1 12 14 2014
1925 Bulova watch
1925 Bulova watch
1925 Bulova watch
Mandyheelsmarti...
Posted December 30, 2013 - 2:03pm

Strap sturdy 14k

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Posted December 31, 2013 - 4:38am

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William Smith
Posted December 30, 2013 - 5:34pm

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Sure looks like Vassar, and by 1925 it may have both a model name (Vassar) and a name which was still a number (5728ish) depending on which ads we are referencing.  
I looked at the inside case backs on some other period close 14k solid watches in the database, and they either had Bulova or American Standard hallmarks on inside case back.  
For subject watch, I only see 14k stamped on inside case back.  No Am Std or Bulova hallmarks.  Maybe I just can't see everything on the inside case back, or maybe it doesn't make a difference in possible model name, or maybe it's a contract case or a non-Bulova case? Root record says "Bulova case manufacturer"   ?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 31, 2013 - 4:49am

In looking twice the subject Watch has a 15 Jewel Movement, matching the 1925 'VASSAR' ad 100%:

 

14 k

2 Sapphires form each corner = 8 

15 Jewels.

Under magnification the Case engraving is a match.

 

'VASSAR'

Geoff Baker
Posted December 31, 2013 - 5:42am

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Hi Mandy, welcome to myBulova. What a beautiful watch! It appears to have been well cared for too. I love the band. What's her story? Is this a family piece?

Agree with Vassar ID, tough to decipher those old ad but I think Mark nailed this one.

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Reverend Rob
Posted December 31, 2013 - 10:57am

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Beautiful watch! Welcome to the site and the curiously addictive thing that is Bulova. 

The 5P is the Aurore-Villeret cal. 9. This is also the ebauche for the subsequent 5PP, 5PPI, 5AE, and 5AP. You might think that the AP would precede the others by alphabetical order, but we have seen this is not always the case. 

I agree with Vassar, nice catch, Mark. 

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William Smith
Posted December 14, 2014 - 4:39pm

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5P serial number 2409?.  Looks like the last digit is a 6, but not sure.

Still not seeing Bulova on the case anywhere....

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William Smith
Posted August 8, 2015 - 1:09pm

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Still don't see "Bulova" anywhere on the case? Only 14k.  Its entered as Bulova under case manufacturer. PM sent.