Bulova 1933 Oakley

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1933
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
13AL
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
798004
Case Serial No.: 
3204891
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
27.09mm x 17.64mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

The watch has a hinged bezel and the inside of the back has Bulova Quality with a B below that and a number 3204891 stamped into it. Gold filled top and SS back on bracelet. I have searched through the ads from 1930 to 1946 and could find nothing on this watch or any mention of a hinged case bezel. The watch runs and keeps very good time and I have not cleaned it yet. The X throws me off since it could be a 1933 or a 1943. I think the case was one of the ones that First speaks of that was made outside of Bulova before they started making their own but not sure. Back of case back is gold also. No mention of 10k RGP or Gold Filled any where on the case.

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted February 13, 2012 - 4:15pm

would be the 'OAKLEY'

IMO JP.

Gerard
Posted February 13, 2012 - 5:51pm

Is the X a 1933 mark?

Anyway heres a 34 Oakley

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1934-3.jpg 

JP
Posted February 13, 2012 - 8:00pm

Panel Member

Thanks guys. The hinged case threw me and I probably looked right at the  oakley and just glossed over it thinking about the hinged case.  First, was I right about the case being  made for Bulova??

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted February 13, 2012 - 8:31pm

Stamped Bulova Quality?

JP
Posted February 13, 2012 - 9:23pm

Panel Member

Yes

Jim Townsend
Posted February 14, 2012 - 3:38pm

crystal looks to be missing? If so dial looks great

JP
Posted February 14, 2012 - 3:50pm

Panel Member

Took crystal out for photos as is recommended by others on the site. Yes the dial is in excellent shape as is the case. Watch keep good time only gaining a minute a day . Crystal has very minor marks that have pretty much buffed out.

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William Smith
Posted February 1, 2013 - 5:47am

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John  There's the inside case SN (in photo and additional comments) and a second/different case SN entered in case SN field.  Is this one of those watches with different case SN's on inside and outside?

JP
Posted February 1, 2013 - 10:22am

Panel Member

Yes. The 555 number is stamped into the case back on the outside and the other number is stamped on case back inside.

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bobbee
Posted February 1, 2013 - 10:53am

In the event of two case SN's, I think the internal one is the one to use for dating the case.