Bulova 1952 Franklin

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Square Case measures 35mm lug to lug x 25mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Butler finish Dial shows applied Gilt Arabic numerals on the even Hours, small applied Gilt squares the remainder. Sub Seconds Dial track is applied Gilt hashmarks, the first I have seen configured this way. Bulova logo is printed Black, Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Alpha style.

Crown is signed Bulova.

Caseback is Stainless Steel.

*watch currently missing seconds hand, as found.

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Posted February 23, 2011 - 10:10am

 What is the difference between this and the Franklin? The dial?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 23, 2011 - 11:12am


I don't think there's any diffrence, maybe the movement?

I have an vintage ad showing it as a Franklin then pics of an actual new, old Jewler stock showing it as the Brunswick, dated 1949.


Watches tag above names it the Brunswick along with the Case ID #. Came in Box with all documents.

Sold for $650+

Posted February 23, 2011 - 11:14am

 Bulova love to confuse don't they!

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 23, 2011 - 11:52am

Yes, it can be very confusing.

William has an earlier Franklin listed and mentions a change in the Crystal catalouge, Watch above would substantiate.

WatchCrystals.net's picture
Posted March 2, 2011 - 7:07am

Oh Boy!?

Yet ANOTHER "BRUNSWICK?"  That makes (6) of them now, I think?? (i.e. Four rectangular, one Tonneau and also a square bezel, eh???)

Perhaps deciphering computer code encryption,  hieroglyphics, backmasking, ghetto slang, or Inuminati double speak, is easier than IDing Bullys!?! 

Hmmm... looks like another "A, B, C" (+?) dial variant, as well??? (Can't quite read that however!)

If the same year... could also perhaps be mistagged? Looks just like the other Franklins??


:-)  Scott






FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 8:27pm

* Tag on the N.O.S. Watch  shown above reads 'FRANKLIN' not 'BRUNSWICK'.

WatchCrystals.net's picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 8:34pm

Another case of "mistaken ID" solved...  through shear due dilligence and common sensical deductive reasoning... on the part of a small band of perserveing Bulova affectionados...


:-)  Scott

Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:25pm

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I have this watch myself and it is distinguished by the unusual 4 and 2 on the dial. I am new to the Bulova collecting and am loving it. My watch is running and keeping good time. This site has been a goodsend for me to identify my watches. I will be posting some of my watches soon to get some help on identifying them.