Bulova 1938 Rite-Angle

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1938
Movement Model: 
8AZ
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
8637084
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova Rite Angle

For Sale
1938 Bulova Rite Angle
1938 Bulova watch
1938 Bulova watch
1938 Bulova watch
jjdesch
Posted September 22, 2015 - 9:10am

This is a nice Bulova Rite Angle - it is for Sale despite what the listing says - 

jjdesch
Posted September 22, 2015 - 9:13am

This Watch is for Sale, despite what the listing says - can't seem to save changes

William Smith's picture
William Smith
Posted September 22, 2015 - 11:36am

Club 5000Panel Member

Nice Rite Angle.  I tried to change the listing to "For Sale" and it didn't take when I did it either.  Admin will help out w/ this.  

JP
Posted September 22, 2015 - 12:39pm

Panel Member

right angle three ticks and very nice.

jabs
Posted September 22, 2015 - 1:08pm

Panel Member

+1

jjdesch
Posted September 22, 2015 - 8:01pm

IMO, I would call this late 1930's Bulova RITE ANGLE mechanical wristwatch the epitome of High American Art-Deco, strongly influenced by the Streamline Moderne design movement following the 1933-1934 “Century of Progress” Chicago World’s Fair.  This is evidenced in its fine Streamlined Airfoil profile, and the wonderful stepped design of the Art Deco casing.  The marketing of this watch at the time suggests that this watch was designed to be a "driver's watch." The sleek angled profile was intended to make the watch easier to read with both hands on the wheel.  I am not sure how successful this feature was, but this watch certainly screams high style.  This example is the more ornate, richly engraved version which I personally find more desirable.  The face shows a nice but subtle patina, and appears to be original and not refinished, but I do not know this conclusively.  This watch is in very good to excellent condition overall for its age -- and obviously well cared for throughout its life as evidenced by the numerous watchmaker initials on the inside case.  The 17 jewel movement is clean, and winds smoothly, sets and keeps good time.  The only issue with this watch is that the crystal is loose and will need to be reset with some crystal glue, a very minor issue, as the crystal itself is quite clean and clear.  This watch was serviced when I purchased it two years ago, and I hate to let it go, but I have another fine example of this watch in my collection and need to make room for some others.