Bulova 1942 -Unknown

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Found this watch in a bag of jewelry that belonged to my fathers second wife. She died in 2004. I am guessing  from my research that this watch is art deco and yes those are real diamonds an rubies. I would like to sell this watch.


Picture of movement also included and the inside of the watch case.  Will take pic of outside case as well.

Case is 14 K gold


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Bulova Possible Art deco 30s Watch
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Posted March 24, 2013 - 7:41pm

More likey that this is 1944 (also circle).  1930 styles were larger and baugette or rectangular for the womens styles.  I would also guess that the case is solid gold to go with the diamonds and rubies.  This was more common in the mid 40's through the late 50's as the Great Depression was over at that point.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 25, 2013 - 5:55am

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Nice watch but alas an Unknown model.

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Vintage Diva
Posted March 25, 2013 - 1:19pm

Could this have been a one time design for the customer? Since it had the case number on the back, that information would tell me that the model was limited.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2013 - 5:31am

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It is possible that someone added the diamonds and rubies 'along the way'. To the best of our knowledge Bulova did not produce any custom pieces, they mass produced watches. If they made one of a model, they likely made hundreds of them, maybe thousands. The number on the case back is a serial number. Virtually all Bulova cases were serialized yet Bulova has no records of their production pre 1970 or so, they were either lost or destroyed. The only method we have to ID is the adverts we dig up.

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Vintage Diva
Posted March 26, 2013 - 8:56am

I am not aware if the origianal owner had the stones added later. My question is why would she or he do that when they were wealthy enough to buy any watch they wanted.

Posted March 25, 2013 - 6:32am

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Is the case solid gold or gold filled/rolled?

Unknown model but should be IDd one day with that very distinct design.

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Vintage Diva
Posted March 25, 2013 - 8:41am

Will download picture of movement later on this evening

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Vintage Diva
Posted March 25, 2013 - 10:39am

With the case serial number exposed in the back of the case, I am surprised that Bulova cannot identify it. I am guessing that this watch is a limited style because of the number.

Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:43pm

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Hey Diva... Bulova lost all their records earlier that the 80's... new ownership.... moved facilities.  That's what the people on this site are trying to recreate!

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William Smith
Posted March 27, 2013 - 12:13am

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I don't recognize it, but a few more pictures, similar to other records, will help.  Case back (outside and inside if you can open it) and a pic of the movement.  This would also give us the jewel count, almost always needed for a solid ID.