Bulova 1980 -Unknown

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This Bulova ladies watch has been inherited by wife in the UK from her late Mother. It is 9ct gold as the rear of the watch is marked 0.375. We think it is about 40 years old?

The watch is in immaculate condition and has the origional bracelet which is engraved exactly the same as the shoulder mounts on the watch case.

At the moment we are afraid to open it in case of causing damage. So i'm not able to provide the above details until we can take it to a Jewellers for valuation.

I've looked through all the pictures of Bulova ladies watches and I cannot see another anything like it on your web site!

So I would be grateful if your panel could identify it and if possible indicate a value for insurance purposes?

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Geoff Baker
Posted February 24, 2014 - 6:43am

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Hi Roger - welcome to myBulova. While we don't have the ability to provide insurance or resale valuations - there are just too many factors involved - we can try to help with an identification. If you could give us a photo of the inside of the case back and one of the movement perhaps we can give you a little more information. If you need to have a jeweler remove the back, they might be able to give you some idea of the value as well.

Posted February 24, 2014 - 7:09am

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I agree with Geoff, knowing more about the watch will help us. Inside details will of help.

Posted February 24, 2014 - 12:55pm

Hi there,

We're taking it in for valuation on Saturday. So will get the two extra photos done.

Any ideas so far?

Dont worry about the valuation as we've got that covered.




Posted February 24, 2014 - 10:43pm

The back case stampings on this one is something I have not seen on a Bulova, I am thinking recased, maybe a jeweler custom or that is how they stamped them across the pond...9K is equal to Gold Filled here in the states, so it will be interesting what is stamped inside the case back...

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William Smith
Posted February 25, 2014 - 1:18am

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Pending more photos.....great watch

Posted March 24, 2014 - 8:00am

Sorry for the delay. Just got an update having had it valued. But sadly the request for the additional photographs of the inside was not met.

But anyway here is the valuers description.............A lady's bracelet watch. A round silvered dial signed "Bulova", with yellow gold coloured hands and baton hour markers, yellow case. Hallmarked 9Ct gold, Birmingham (UK) import mark 1980.

Attached to yellow link bracelet with engraved decoration, centre fold over clasp and added safety chain. Hallmarked 9Ct gold, Birmingham 1980.

Sponsors CY & Co.

Manual wind 17 jewel lever movement signed "Geneve Solvil & Titus.

Gross item weight 11.49 grammes.

Valued at £1595.00


The valuation was a surprise to us. But given that we have recently valued our own gold watches and discovered they have doubled in value due to gold prices then perhaps it is understandable.


So does any of the above description help you?

Posted March 24, 2014 - 8:12am

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Only to suggest that the watch is from 1980 and therefore outside (just ) the cut-off year for entry into the database, which is 1979.

Other than that Buova may still have some records on hand to ID this watch.


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Reverend Rob
Posted March 24, 2014 - 10:39am

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9k gold is common in the UK, but not in the US. It is not gold filled, but solid gold alloy. The movt has apparently been  swapped out, meaning that the original Bulova movt has been replaced by a Solvil/Titus movt of the same calibre. 

We don't provide estimates or valuation here, but here are my thoughts:

I am surprised at the valuation, I would have estimated a value based solely on the gold content, which by today's price is $42.00 per gram. A gross weight probably includes the movt, so we are not talking much gold here. 

9k is 37.5% pure, so you would take the $42.00 and reduce it, giving you $15.75 a gram. 

Unless the watch is an extremely rare or high end maker, gold content is what dictates the value. 

Regardless, this is a family heirloom, and is therefore priceless. 

Posted March 25, 2014 - 6:02am

Yes the price is immaterial as my wife would never sell her late mother's watch. Anyway it's a very nice watch in immaculate working condition and will now be worn from time to time. We don't think her mother ever wore it even though it was a gift from her late husband.

Thanks for your help.

Posted March 25, 2014 - 6:03am

Do I now need to leave this site as the date is outside your remitt?