Bulova 1957 Bulova Timer

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Manufacture Year: 
1957
Movement Model: 
19EA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Movement Serial No.: 
237790
Case Serial No.: 
247015
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Bulova Timer / Sportstimer / Stopwatch 

Not sure of the year this was made. The movement shows a '57' stamp, but that may or may not have any relevance to the mfr year. Appears to be a stainless case, has a fair amount of weight, but no stamp or markings to show case material. Movement is a 21 jewel Swiss 19AE. Back of case is stamped 1351.

1960 ad shows this as the Bulova Timer; same post shows a 1969 ad where the lanyard ring is located at the bottom vs. the top in 1960.

One other stopwatch in the database labeled Sportstimer

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Andersok
Posted March 13, 2015 - 4:57pm

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Geoff Baker
Posted March 13, 2015 - 5:17pm

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That so cool Ken. I guess I wouldn't be opposed to Sportstimer ID

JP
Posted March 13, 2015 - 8:47pm

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Sportstimer and what a beauty she is. Looks like it has never been used.

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bobbee
Posted March 14, 2015 - 5:18am

Based on a Valjoux by the makers mark, and the '57' will be the calibre.

No evidence of pre-1960 for the Bulova stopwatches, so would date it to this as the earliest.

Edit- actually, fifth's example has a single-button stopwatch 'war bonds' advert in the thread, so could be earlier. Mea Culpa!

Here is a 1962 photo, showing both types, top/bottom ringed.

 

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William Smith
Posted March 14, 2015 - 11:32am

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April 1967 ad from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Looks like all 200 of them are in that one picture above....and they musta waited 2 1/2 years before they had enough Sport Timers to take the picture....

Andersok
Posted March 14, 2015 - 2:04pm

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So what does 200 in 2 1/2 years mean - that Bulova made limited runs of 200 every 2.5 years or were there only 200 ever made sometime around 1959 or earlier and still around several years later (ads form '67 and '69) being sold? Limited runs of 200 every few years seems likely to me.

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William Smith
Posted March 14, 2015 - 3:42pm

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I don't think think the statement is correct.  Maybe there's some truth to it, like the possbilities you mention above, but I just think the said that to sell watches.....they were wrong :)

jabs
Posted March 14, 2015 - 5:12am

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I am for "Bulova Timer" ID

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bobbee
Posted March 14, 2015 - 5:23am

Agree with Jabs, this is only advertised as the Bulova Timer.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 14, 2015 - 6:08am

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That's fine with me, Bulova Timer.