Bulova 1928 Roberta

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Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1928
Movement Model: 
5AP
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
15329
Case Serial No.: 
8059366
Case shape: 
Oval
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

Bought this ladies model some considerable number of years ago and as I have a better camera today, I attach some images.  The watch back hinges and reveals a sealed tinted glass movement cover.  I have never removed that. It keeps pretty decent time and my Wife wears it occasionally.

I've not tried to find out much about it, but maybe this is the time . . .

 

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Andersok
Posted April 19, 2015 - 2:10pm

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Lots of good info here; and a great looking Roberta!

bosartis15
Posted April 20, 2015 - 3:59am

Just added the linked image of the advert "Jabs" provided in comment - photographed just now with the actual watch for comparison.  Many thanks everyone for great info.

mybulova_admin
Posted April 20, 2015 - 4:57am

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Looks like you have a damn fine printer :-)

1929 Bulova Roberta, all original too. Nice!

We also have a copy of the original magazine release for the dust proof cover that was mentioned ealier on the Infomation page here: http://www.mybulova.com/bulova_information

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William Smith
Posted April 20, 2015 - 1:31pm

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I'm not seeing a date code on movement, but wondering....
I may "manually" search for 5AP movements in our watch database, and cross reference years of production to movement serial numbers.  Maybe we can make a "guess" at year of movement based on where the serial number falls in possible range of others for which we "think" we know year.  

This is not a canned querry, so it takes some futtzing, but maybe could give a first cut at a date based on mvnt serial number.  I suspect this movement is also 1928,  but it would be nice to also base that guess on something else.

I do feel these mvent serial numbers were used contractually by Bulova for "runs" of movement production, and are not just randomly assigned.  One "run" should have consecutive serial numbers, however that doesn't mean they were placed in cases consectuvily, or that all consecutive numbers were stamped/used.  Maybe a batch of movements had some part mis-stamped, and those numbers/movements were simply not produced w/i that series.  Maybe after they did a "run" the movements were doled out to different cases without regard to serial numbers.

These serial numbers were not just a random string....or we would see duplicates, at least w/i same movment model.
 

Geoff Baker
Posted April 20, 2015 - 7:46pm

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Hey bosartis, if you have two Bulovas you must have more! Can't wait to see them all.

I agree with the Roberta ID too.

bosartis15
Posted April 23, 2015 - 2:23pm

Alas if only I had.

I did however have an Accutron 218D some time ago and sold it on I'm afraid (I had a grail suddenly turn up and temptation got too much for me!), though I still a few images if of interest.

It was I think a 1967 model.