Bulova 1935 -Non-Conforming

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if you can ignore the dial for a minute and the fact that the movement probably doesn't belong can someone please tell me what model the case is, serial starts with a 0 so thought either 1930 or 1940 but not convinced it's either, movement is 1937. There's a lot of plate loss but looks like it had alternating textures and smooth stripes otherwise looks like a '34-'36 ambassador, so mid 30's?

Now you can discuss the dial ;)

cheers, Luke

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1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
Posted September 29, 2016 - 3:12am

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Sorry, I'm really struggling to get past that dial :-)

Your watch looks to be a mid 1930s Bulova 'Ambassador', but the 1930/40 case date doesn't seem right.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 29, 2016 - 5:41am

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OK, I'm stumped. The case appears mid thirties Ambassador but the S/N doesn't even belong there. I can't imagine it's a replacement back, I don't know that anything from the forties had that shape? Even the dial, if you can get past the checker board doesn't look Ambassador mid thirties.

I'm not sure of anything on this one.

Posted September 29, 2016 - 6:14am

So this is a shot in the dark, is it possible the dial is "adapted" from a '30s American Clipper? the movement would make sense then? as I'm speculating, could that also explain the serial number? an odd case lying around the factory added to an adapted dial/movement combo. Does anyone know if serial numbers were added when the case was manufactured or when the watch was finished and ready to ship? if it wasn't for the serial number I'd be thinking it was done after it left the factory

Posted September 29, 2016 - 7:38am

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I agree with Geoff, the case serial number is not in the correct spot for this model. Is the case back hinged or seperate to the front?

Looks like the Ambassador's normally had a 15 Jewel 10AN movement.

Starting to look like a mixed bag of parts, thus I'd have to ID this as 'Non-conforming'



Posted September 29, 2016 - 1:44pm

case back is separate, 10AE is normal for clipper of this time partly why I wondered if one had been shoehorned into an Ambassador case, btw not noticed any of the Ambassadors in the photos here having the alternating smooth/textured stripes is it my eyes?

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 29, 2016 - 6:10pm

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It could be that certain casebacks will fit more than one model, just a thought.

I'd have to say non-conforming at this point.

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Posted September 29, 2016 - 8:37pm

That looks like someone modified the case by adding on those lug hoods to a case like this 1941 Bulova Ranger or something similar.


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Posted September 29, 2016 - 9:20pm

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On closer inspection of the photos Alan, I'd say that is spot on. 

Posted September 29, 2016 - 10:07pm

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You saved me from looking for a later model with similar case :-)

Non-Conforming for me on this one.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 30, 2016 - 5:28am

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I think I'm going with Non-Conforming too.