Bulova 1937 -Non-Conforming

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Hi all 

I would apreciate help in identifying this watch. 

it has a 10k rolled gold case with gem stone embelishment.

the 7AH 17J movement is marked with an arrow and the case serial number is 7753245 . The dial is in very good condition possibly a refinished dial, both the case and  movement match the date of 1937 .

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Posted February 3, 2015 - 3:07pm

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Hate to have to say this but the dial doesn't match the bezel. Dial has a hexaonal track and the bezel is tonneau shaped. Have say Non-Confoming.

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Posted February 3, 2015 - 3:48pm

I'll have to agree with Bourg01. This one is a "Frankenstein" Donegd. But it has the potential to make two original Bulovas.

Posted February 4, 2015 - 1:31am

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Wrong dial, but the case is authentic Bulova.  Seen this one called "Set with 2 Diamonds" a few times.  This ad is from 1937, but shows the watch with 21 Jewels instead of 17j.


Posted February 4, 2015 - 4:00am

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Non-Conforming, good find ad Jerin

Posted February 4, 2015 - 4:46am

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Agree the dial (possibly movement too) is incorrect for this case, so Non-Conforming it is.

At least you now know what dial you need to complete this great rare case!

Posted February 4, 2015 - 10:10am

Thanks to everyone for their input.

Its a real shame about this watch , l had the feeling as soon as received this watch all was

not quite right . The case is very nice and is in god condition, and the movement is running well especially for its age. I was thinking about having the dial refinished but on closer inspection, it cant be done to fit the case , as the numerals are raised on dial.

Its a pity but l may be able to find a suitable dial some time.

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Posted February 4, 2015 - 10:44am

I think you have the base for a very good project Donegd. That model has got to be rare. It's the most expensive model in the ad Plainsmen posted. All you have to do is find a 21 jewel 7AH movement and it looks like it has the same dial as a "Phantom". So find a "Phantom" dial or you could get International to make you one from a blank. I think the "Phantom" has a 6AE movement and I'm not sure if the dial feet on that movement are the same as a 7AH movement. I wouldn't give up on it.

Posted February 4, 2015 - 10:57am

I have done a bit more research and found what l think is the same model. On the wachophilia site is a 1938 Minute man . All the details including the movement re the same as my watch, apart from the dial. It may be that the dial on my watch has been swappd for some reason some time in the past.

I have tried to upload a picture of the watch from the watchophilia site but without success


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Posted February 4, 2015 - 11:29am

I believe you have hit the nail on the head Donegd. You have a minute man with a dial swap. This is the one Lisa has.

Then there's an identical one that was posted by a guy who know's his Dad bought it new like this. All you need is a "Minute Man" dial.

Posted February 4, 2015 - 11:38am

Yes thats the one Alan. I have emailed Robert t intrnational dial to see if he has a blank which could be refinished as per the minute man in the picture. I hpe so because this is a very nice little watch