Bulova 1928 Dictator

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I am pretty sure this is a Dictator model.


Inside of case back reads:

Pat. June 10, 1924


14K Gold Filled

New York

Movement is a running 17 Jewel 8AN movement


I dated this to 1928 based on the case serial number and the movement is a 1927 date based on the square date code.

All of the hands are replacements that are incorrect and when I send this out for service I plan to get the dial refinished to orignal with lume and add a pair of the cathedral styled luminescent hands to go with it.

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:22am

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I might be able to help with the hands old friend. PM me.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:34am

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Agree with Dictator, I like it.

Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:47am

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I'm tentative Dictator. The case looks too thick, but everything else points the it being a Dictator.

Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:14pm

Something to keep in mind with the vintage ads is that the "Federal Truth in Advertising Act" wasn't passed until 1966.

So exaggerations to help promote products or perceptions were very common.

While this example doesn't have the extreme curve that the other advert shows, the lugs, jewel count and case style look to be a good match.

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Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:32pm


         Some comparisons from the database.

  Fifthavenuerestorations posted this side-on pic of a Dictator sans crystal.




      Daca's watch with crystal.  A match, in my eyes.

    EDIT:- Sorry Dave, meant to say, very nice watch.


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Posted March 18, 2013 - 5:38pm

BTW, does the crystal curve, or is it flat?

Do you have the crystal and case dimensions?

Posted March 19, 2013 - 8:34pm

The case is 23.15mm x 31.15mm


the crystal is 17.32mm x 24.92mm with a curve top to bottom but flat side to side.


Posted March 18, 2013 - 6:24pm

Personally, I like the dial.  I would go back to cathedral hands however.  Nice watch BTW.

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Posted March 18, 2013 - 8:40pm

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Dictator. I always thought the name a bit odd given the negative connotations. 

Posted March 18, 2013 - 11:57pm

I had assumed that Charlie Chaplin had filmed "The Dictator" about this time but turns out that was filmed in 1940.

Now I really wonder what the inspiration for this name was.