Bulova 1949 Gloria

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Model: 
5AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
9518557
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

Hello,

This watch was to my grand-mother of 95 years old who passed away two months ago.  I had the courage to open it to have more information!  I was affraid to break it!

I guess this is a watch from 1949 refering to the J9?  Could anyone confirm it?

I have checked all the pictures on the web site and internet, no luck to find one like mine.

The watch seems to be in Rose Gold.  We doubt the bracelet is the original.  

Thank you for all information we can receive about this souvenir.

Suzanne from Quebec, Canada.

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JP
Posted December 31, 2016 - 2:43pm

Panel Member

Nice solid gold watch and worth having restored just for the history it holds to you.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 1, 2017 - 6:21am

Club 5000Panel Member

Gloria?

Lady Maxim?

We can rule out the 'Her Excellency' model.....subject watch is 17J.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 3, 2017 - 6:22am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hello Suzanne, welcome to myBulova. I'm a big fan of heirloom watches. I think you are most fortunate to have this lovely keepsake from your grandmother. We always recommend regular service for vintage watches if you intend to wear them. These watches can last several lifetimes if they are serviced regularly.

In terms of the model, it is circa 1949. Both the date code on the movement and the serial number confirm the date. I don't think the model is Gloria but the Lady Maxim does look similar. My vote for ID would be tentatively Lady Maxim.

Andersok
Posted January 3, 2017 - 8:17am

Panel Member

I would vote more for the Gloria, as it shows the most resemblance to the subject watch. There do not appear to be the same longer rounded lugs on the Lady Maxim.

Tentative Gloria

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 3, 2017 - 11:54am

Panel Member

I'm seeing differences in the case as compared to both of these ads, there appears to be three facets to the centre upper and lower bezel, different than the LM. The Gloria seems to have additional corner angle raised areas, whereas the subject appears more deco and straight line. 

Unknown but still looking.

jabs
Posted January 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

Panel Member

Agree with Rev, Unknown for me too

mybulova_admin
Posted January 4, 2017 - 10:22pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Here is a better image of the Gloria. I'm in for this model.

Bulova Gloria watch

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 5, 2017 - 2:27am

Panel Member

That's a much better view! I have to say that the subject watch does indeed look like this. The centre part on the subject is just a bit worn, so the facets are softer, but I think we have a winner here. 

Gloria gets my vote.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 5, 2017 - 6:10am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yeah, I'd have to say this enlarged print is swinging me to Gloria as well.

jabs
Posted January 5, 2017 - 8:15am

Panel Member

me too - Gloria it is