Bulova 1937 -Unknown

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
Movement Symbol: 
Movement Model: 
Movement Jewels: 
Case Serial No.: 
Case shape: 
Case Manufacturer: 
Additional Information: 

Hello, this was my grandfathers watch passed down to me from my parents. The pocket watch still runs, and I am looking forward to learning about this particular Bulova Pocket Watch. I have no knowledge what so ever in this area. On the inside case there also appears to have scratch marks of initials and dates in various places. I am assuming these were professional watch adjusters that took care of his timepiece. I did take a movie of it's movement, not sure if that is allowed. Also the big hand has either been replaced or the rolled gold plate has worn off.

Thank you for your time,  moonlightsharon 

Not For Sale
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch
Posted March 19, 2014 - 6:52pm

Hello, this was my grandfathers pocket watch, I guess I am suppose to comment again. All the information that I know is posted at the top.

Thank you for your time and knowledge.

Have a wonderful day.


Reverend Rob's picture
Reverend Rob
Posted March 19, 2014 - 8:03pm

Panel Member

Hi Moonlightsharon, welcome to myBulova. The arrow indicates 1937, and it looks as if the minute hand may have been replaced with another style at some point. Possibly a Douglas model, I'm still checking ads. 

If you want to run the watch, I strongly recommend getting it serviced by a certified watchmaker. Running a dry and/or dirty watch will result in serious wear. The service, or CTR, should include full disassembly, cleaning in industry standard fluids without ultrasonic, (ultrasonic strips plates and damages mainsprings) and re-assembly, lubrication with synthetic lubricants and adjusting and regulation. Jewellers used to have watchmakers on site in the store, but it is not so common these days. If you take it to a jeweller, I recommend asking if it will be sent out, or done on premises. 

Posted March 19, 2014 - 8:59pm

Thank you Reverend Rob, I will do some serious search's for a certified watchmaker. Thank you so much for your advice.

Thank you once again, MoonlightSharon

 If I might ask another question for the Bulova Board what is the little key called and what is it for exactly?

Thank you Sharon

Reverend Rob's picture
Reverend Rob
Posted March 19, 2014 - 10:10pm

Panel Member

I'm not sure what that is, perhaps it was used to pin the circular clasp of the chain to fabric? (I'm thinking ancient Roman style) It doesn't have anything to do with the watch.

Posted March 20, 2014 - 1:48am

Oh, I always just assumed it had something to do with the watch. It's been in the same box since I was a little girl. thought they belonged together. Isn't that interesting. Well to me anyway, smile. I guess that's why I couldn't find anything about it in all my researching.

Thank you Reverend Rob.


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted March 21, 2014 - 7:50am

plain Case is the 'CHESTERFIELD', although the Jewel count is advertised as 15.

'TUXEDO' is advertised at 17Jewels, yet the Case is engraved.

ad is 1939 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1939-8.jpg

'DOUGLAS' is advertised at 21 Jewels with an engraved Case.

ad is 1938 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1938-8.jpg

is it the Case enhancements, the Jewel count or the Dial which maketh the Model.


Posted March 21, 2014 - 10:44am

Good morning FifthAvenueRest...

I am unsure of what you mean by your question? Although, I'm not sure this question is meant for me? I honestly know little to nothing about time pieces. 

Thank you, moonlightsharon

Reverend Rob's picture
Reverend Rob
Posted March 21, 2014 - 11:09am

Panel Member

Sharon, this is the panel discussion, we get comments from everyone as to the ID. My guess was wrong for the above reasons. I was going by the dial and general appearance, but the jewel count is wrong for Douglas.

Stay tuned!


Geoff Baker
Posted March 22, 2014 - 5:52am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi moonlightsharon, welcome to myBulova. I don't think there are many things more personal than a pocket watch and having your grandfather's is very special. Wristwatches are worn and looked at many times throughout the day but a pocket watch is handled constantly. Those wear marks on the back are from your grandfather slipping this watch in and out of his pocket, the clip and short chain make me think he kept it in his trousers pocket as opposed to a vest pocket. Congratulations on having this amazing keepsake.

Mark (et al) - I think for most watches the case is the foundation of the ID and would label this the Chesterfield. The dial, I think, is correct.

Posted March 22, 2014 - 5:01pm

Hello Geoff Baker,  Thank you, what a beautiful way of looking into my grandfathers heart, and see just how important this kind of timepiece is to a man. That's pretty amazing when you see it in a very special/personal light. Thank you very much.