Bulova 1928 Lady Lindy

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2.67
Manufacture Year: 
1928
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
6F
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
52183
Case Serial No.: 
Unknown
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

From a 1928 ad in the database, I believe this one is the "DEAUVILLE".

Found just as shown with NO CASE BACK.

All of the 6AF cases I have are hinged. This one takes a snap-on back. 

Since these movements fit perfectly inside the case, I am guessing that a snap-on caseback from most any 6F BULOVA will fit. Does anybody have one?

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Alex
Posted August 21, 2015 - 5:28am

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According to Wikipedia, Amelia "Lady Lindy" Earhart was the first lady to cross the Atlantic (although she did not fly the plane, a Fokker, herself) leaving New Foundland on June 17th and arriving in Wales on June 18th 1928. The name Lady Lindy was filled on June 1st 1928, so clearly Bulova was preparing themselves to cash in on this marketing opportunity as they did with the Lone Eagle. They most likely took an existing watch (Deauville) and renamed it to "Lady Linda" after the successful flight.

To my knowledge we have only two ads on this site showing this watch: one of 25 August 1928 with the "Lady Lindy" name, so that fits the timing of the flight and the trademark filing. And one showing the name "Deauville", but that ad is dated just with "1928". So likely from 1st half of 1928. And no ads from Deauville of 1927, nor Lady Lindy from 1929. So the watch was possibly only sold in 1928, with a name change during the year. We could determine if this watch is from early 1928 or late 1928 by the serial number of the movement (see my forum topic on movement serials), but...................

It is a 6F. And the 6F was replaced by the 6AF from 1926 onwards. Hence, it is a replacement. The date code is most likely not a "crescent moon" but a circle, and if you ask me, I clearly see a circle as date code, albeit badly stamped leaving part of the circle open, and not a crescent moon. So, the serial number can't give us a clue either if the watch is early 1928 (deauville) or late 1928 (lady lindy). But let's pay tribute to Amelia, and keep the name "Lady Lindy".