Bulova 1937 Douglas

5/10 votes
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I do not know the manufacture year or the movement model.  I only saw one serial number and that is 7003116 as shown in the picture.

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Posted February 3, 2014 - 12:13am

Looks a lot like a Buckingham. Same movement.

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William Smith
Posted February 3, 2014 - 3:29am

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The movement model woudl be 17AE.  I don't see a serial number on the movement.  I do see BXW on balance cock, the Swiss to USA import code. 

Got the hands of the earilier (17jewel) Chesterfield.  This 1946 Buckingham ad also shows 17 jewels without the beautiful two tone dial.  But then, in 1947 we see Buckingham advertised w/ 21 jewels, but without the two tone dial. 

This watch is a beauty....but case and dial may suggest something other than Buckingham regardless of jewel count.

Posted February 3, 2014 - 7:14am

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It's a match for the Montgomery dial, case and hands, but not the movement.

The Buckingham had both 17J & 21J movement versions. So maybe a movement swap or a new unknown model.

1947 would be my nomination for year of production.

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Posted February 3, 2014 - 8:05am


Posted February 7, 2014 - 4:05pm

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I'm almost certain I've seen an ad naming this as the Tuxedo but I can't find it anywhere now. May have been in one of my old catalogues but their still packed away somewhere after I moved. I'll have to try to find them and have a look.

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William Smith
Posted February 9, 2014 - 11:06pm

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Shawn...I seem to remember this dial / case configuration as Tuxedo too.... I just don't trust my memory.  Good luck w/ catalog search.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 8, 2014 - 7:04am

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I agree that the jewel count is off but based on the case, dial and hands I would go with Montgomery.

Posted February 8, 2014 - 7:43am

Why is the jewel count off?  I will have to google to see what is meant by jewels. Thanks.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 9, 2014 - 6:32am

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Hi Yellowsub - The little red dots you see in the movement pics are 'jewels' (rubies). They are used to reduce friction at pivot points. The more used, the higher the quality of the item. When I say the count is off I mean that that your watch movement has 21 jewels but the adverts for the Montgomery state that the watch has a 17 jewel movement. When the actual count and the ad differ we suspect that either Bulova made the model with a different movement or somewhere along the last 60 or so years the original movement was replaced with the current one. Either way, it's a wonderful watch!

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Posted February 9, 2014 - 6:53am

The Jewel count is the ID.