Bulova 1927 -Unknown

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American Standard Bulova
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24.6 x 22.7mm
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1927 Bulova Unknown 15J 4 Adj. 10AN movement with serial #235237, I cannot find any date stamp at all on the movement, so I am using the case serial to date it.  The case and back are 14K White Gold filled with Bulova/American Standard Jan. 11 1927 patent stamped inside the snap-off cover.

The off-White dial with Black outlined numbers and Blued Cathedral hands is in very good condition, but no lume is left on either...I have a lume kit ordered and plan to do it myself unless you all think I should leave it as is...

The case measures 26.6mm wide and 36.6mm lug to lug with 15.6mm between lugs, the band is a NOS Wristacrat Dartmouth in lusterwhite that shoiuld be period correct, and the glass crystal is new...Plus it still runs!!

I think there is at least 3 more like this in the database...


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Geoff Baker
Posted January 17, 2012 - 6:08am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yes, I would concede that point counselor. ;)

Posted January 15, 2012 - 8:18pm

Yes Lisa,

The cases look alike, and I remember the discussion on the Templar/Unknown that Wayne has in the database. It seem that this one was quite popular, so there should be a positive ID ad out there somewhere...

Geoff Baker
Posted January 15, 2012 - 7:29pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Oh Greg that is just beautiful, I love this model (I call it "Not a Templar" based on a long drawn out post here somewhere - all we ever decided was that it is NOT A TEMPLAR). As nice at it looks right now, I'm not sure I'd do anything.

I have a pair of these, yours is very cool but you must send me that bracelet. (pretty please?)

Posted January 15, 2012 - 8:26pm

You may be in luck Geoff, I have 2 more just like it setting on my bench, the ends are 16mm, so they require a bit of trimming to fit some of the Bulova's.

Maybe I will try the practice dial with the lume and wait awhile to see if an ad shows up...

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted January 16, 2012 - 9:37am


After enlarging the image of the movement I see 2 Date codes (?)

1. a Square directly below the seriel number - confirming 1927.

2. Omega directly after the Jewel count script on the outer edge.

also noted were images of Tupac, Elvis and the Virgin Mary.

: )

Posted January 16, 2012 - 10:09pm

Elvis and the rest must have stolen them, I have scanned this movement with a 20X loupe and bright light and still can't see any stampings on the plates that look like a date code...the serials are the best I have right now.

Posted January 16, 2012 - 9:55am

More coffee Mark, and a Prozac wouldn't hurt :-) 

BTW, that's not Tupac,  It's Mohammed.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted January 16, 2012 - 9:57am

Mohammed, I stand corrected.

Thanks Bob! 

Posted January 16, 2012 - 9:59am


Fifth, would you please look at all my watch's movements under strong magnification and tell me if I missed anything?  That would be really helpful.

Posted January 16, 2012 - 10:08am

If he finds a image of Mother Theresa, I'm outta here!!!