Bulova 1939 Montgomery

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
7 AP
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
8896641
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Additional Information: 

Case measures 43mm lug to lug x 24.5mm using Calipers.

Original White Dial shows applied Gilt Arabic numerals and Bulova signature, track are printed in Black.

Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown.

Vintage display ad Dated 1939.

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bobbee
Posted July 30, 2012 - 4:12am

So Bulova supplied these often unusual and beautiful bands for free with a high quality watch case and movement. How much today to have a replacement custom made? I shudder to think, but with the more unusual and rare ones such as this, I do believe it would be worth it.

plainsmen
Posted July 30, 2012 - 9:48am

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You know... I have one of these bands. While i won't part with it, I probably could be talked into lending it to someone so they could take it to a leather shop to see about replication. It would also depend if you wanted the dementions the same (very small and probably would not fit an average man today), or make it a bit longer to account for todays man.

Ellierose
Posted July 30, 2012 - 10:19am

i once asked a local leather shop around where i live if they wanted to make some bands for me..i told them i would buy many of them to have it be worth their time..they told me no and that they are hard to make(which i don't think they are harder than a bike saddle or bikers vest etc...) and time comsuming.....then i found somebody who does it kind like a hobby and he said he would do it but i lost his number..which sucks because i would like a band like this and other types as well...

OldTicker
Posted July 30, 2012 - 7:40pm

Confirmed Montgomery here, case serial would indicate 1938, but could be a leftover case with a newer movement...well within reason for Bulova.

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DarHin
Posted July 30, 2012 - 7:52pm

Confirmed Montgomery.

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William Smith
Posted July 30, 2012 - 7:57pm

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Confimed 1939 Montgomery from me.

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 30, 2012 - 9:11pm

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Montgomery. I'm leaning towards '38, mayhap the movt was replaced for some reason, I was under the impression the case # was the last thing to go on, that cases weren't stamped until they actually were being fitted. I don't remember who told me that. I guess either is possible. If they didn't use all movts from a run, or all cases. 

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William Smith
Posted February 14, 2013 - 10:32pm

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Rob- I think this model was the Oxford in 1938, and became the Montgomery in 1939.  While we can't necessarily use the last advertised date to suggest last date of production (as some jewelers may be advertising/selling watches in stock post production and post model name change), we can gain insight from the earliest advertised dates.  The ads are useful for the the earliest advertised date- to "start the clock" and differentiate between these two models by year. They appear to use the same (or very similar) cases.
I'm thinking the earliest ad is for the Oxford is 1938, and the earliest ad for Montgomery being in 1939.  I gotta check the earliest ad date for Oxford now, as there could be an earlier ad somewhere.