Bulova 1927 Lone Eagle

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Model ID rating explained.
2.505
Manufacture Year: 
1927
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
227325
Case Serial No.: 
6637743
Case shape: 
CornerCut
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

Hi all,

I recently won this Lone Eagle on eBay.  After I received it I exchanged emails with Stephen about whether it’s one of the 5000 based on the case number (6637743), and the movement, which is a 10AN and has a serial number of 227325.  Oddly, I can't find a date code on the movement, other than an arrow.  I'm aware of the arrow that is sometimes on 1926 movements.  I had commented on it recently on the 1928 President I had posted that has a 1926 9A movement with a triangle and an arrow.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1928-president-7639

So, perhaps this is another Bulova anomaly; a 1926 movement with only an arrow and no other date code?

Anyway, I just got the watch back from my watch guy.  It needed a new mainspring and it’s now up and running (and on my wrist as I post this…).  Stephen had asked me to look again to see if there was a triangle date code, and I’ve looked and looked, but all I see is the arrow.  In fact, when I took it to my watch guy, he also tried to find a date code.  He was also puzzled by the arrow, pulling out his chart with the Bulova date codes and pointing to 1937!!.   At that time we both looked and couldn't see one other than the arrow.

I’m anxious to hear what the panel thinks.  Hope it’s a 5000 LE…

David

 

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William Smith
Posted July 19, 2015 - 1:19pm

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Here's a 17 jewel 10AN.  Owner reports a "triangle" (1935) and a "square" (1936) date symbol.  From this 1936 Banker watch record.  Note the USA vs SWISS, and absence of movement serial number.

mybulova_admin
Posted July 19, 2015 - 6:55am

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David, it would be really helpful if you were able to post a good high-res photo of the movement. I've seen the triangle stamped in some obsure places before, or it may be obstructed by a screw hole or similar.

dhhirsch
Posted July 19, 2015 - 11:11am

Club 5000

Not really sure how to post a higher resolution picture.  Aren't the pictures limited to 150kb? Anyway, the "tail" on the arrow does appear a bit longer than the one in the other picture.  However, isn't it also correct that Bulova didn't put serial numbers on the 10AN's from later in the 30s?  I seem to remember being told that in relation to another watch I had posted.  Also, if the serial number fits  into serial numbers on confirmed 1926 movements (and the serial number on the case also corresponds to the confirmed 5000 LEs, as noted by Will Smith), how could it be from 1937???

David

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William Smith
Posted July 19, 2015 - 12:43pm

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Hi David
You can email me some high res photos, and I'll get them to fit in this thread.  
Bobbee, I don't think this movement is from 1937, based on points admin gives.

Also, those 1926 movements / watches which I link above may not be "confirmed" ID's when you look at the overall average "tick count" for each record.  Those movements do, however, have those serial numbers on them, and we don't need a tick system to confirm the serial numbers- in most cases we can see them, or the owner reports seeing them and has entered as such.

dhhirsch
Posted July 19, 2015 - 1:35pm

Club 5000

The higher resolution pictures have been sent...  Thanks for your help...

David

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William Smith
Posted July 19, 2015 - 3:31pm

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Got the photos.  Thanks  I'll modify them to fit site when I get off my cellphone/notebook and on my home computer tonight.  
Thanks

mybulova_admin
Posted July 21, 2015 - 3:56am

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Thanks David, that's great to hear. Hopefully we can pickup the datecode from a high res image.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 21, 2015 - 6:51am

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Holding off for the hi res photos ( c'mon Will),  secretly hoping it's an Eagle.

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William Smith
Posted July 21, 2015 - 3:34pm

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My home computers are sick, short of an old laptop without any image processing software.  Daivd sent me hi res pictures, but I can't futzz with them from home, short of doing a few screen captures.  I'll add those below. 
Here's what I can do today:
 

 

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William Smith
Posted July 21, 2015 - 3:44pm

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Third picture screen capture below.  On Friday, I can use image processing software to get better pics.