Bulova 1931 -Unknown

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This was my Grandmother's watch (she died in 1989, and apparently had it for some time before that), and appears to have a couple of small diamonds in a triangle on the top and bottom of the crystal.  It also has 7068 and 3 045 on the movement bottom.  (The 3 is slightly separated from the 045).  The case says "Bulova Quality" on it.  I can't seem to find a similar one in any of the pictures. It is silver in color.  Sides look like >x>x>x>x<x<x<x<x, though the < and > are longer and skinnier.  The manufacturer year is a guess. From the omega, it looks like it could be either 1930 or 1940, but I can't really tell.

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Posted October 4, 2014 - 6:27pm

4AL movement puts this in the early '30's timeframe, so 1930 is the better guess.


Geoff Baker
Posted October 5, 2014 - 6:05am

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Hi dchallener, welcome to myBulova. You're fortunate to have your grandmothers watch. I think these family heirlooms are wonderful keepsakes, I hope you treasure it forever. The case design is the basis for dating your watch. This style came into vogue around 1930 and was called "baguette", which referred to the movement design (long and thin). We also use case serial numbers to date watches and would most likely catalog yours as a 1931, the leading number of the serial indicating a 1931 manufacture.

I find a watch very close to your's in design in a 1931 ad - the Nancy - but the outline around the diamonds is slightly different:

For now I would have to say the model name is Unknown.

Posted October 5, 2014 - 6:40am

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may also be Dolly Madison baguette

Geoff Baker
Posted October 6, 2014 - 5:25am

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Jabs, I think you're on to something. What's the date of that ad? It looks to be the right period.

Posted October 6, 2014 - 5:42am

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ad is from 1932

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Posted October 7, 2014 - 4:15pm

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Gang  The file name for the ad graphic says August 30'th 1932. This is the advantage of including the full date and even name of publication in the ad graphic file name.  As graphics get moved around (copied or screen-captured snippits, etc...) by keeping this info in the graphic file name, we know when and where the graphic (ad) came from.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 7, 2014 - 5:28am

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I'm going with it...

Dolly Madison

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Posted October 7, 2014 - 12:12pm

I think the watch in that ad is a Lady Bulova model. The Dolly Madison had an 'eye' shaped mount for the diamonds at this time.

Not seeing the 'Y' shaped surround that splits into two for the lugs either, the one in the iffy ad has a single lug at each end.


Posted October 7, 2014 - 12:27pm

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yes I also noticed, but the ad is at this point just unreadable, but I guess DM, LB has set by diamonds oval and it's definitely not

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Posted October 7, 2014 - 1:28pm

Dolly has the oval "eye" shaped mount, Lady B the triangle.

1931 ads.