Bulova 1928 Senator

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 I've searched the data base and the closest I can come is in the second page of the adverts' slide #10 but I can't make it out well enough to tell. It has a hinged case that say's Pat. Jan. 11 1927, Bulova 14K Gold Filled, New York. Case measures 26.75mmx26.75mm. The 9AT movement has a dust cover.


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DennisVA's picture
Posted December 30, 2012 - 9:45pm


 Back of dial is Stamped - 30   1411  ZJ

Posted December 30, 2012 - 9:52pm

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Senator with dial refinish. The dial looks too perfect not to be a refinish. The refinisher just took license with his work or didn't have a picture of the original IMO.

DennisVA's picture
Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:07pm


Take a look at the subject watch, it has a sunken sub second , if you look at the picture of the advert I don't see how that would fit in the small sub second dial that they show. Couldn't the subject watch be correct as to the dial and the person that drew the advert be incorrect?

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William Smith
Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:24pm

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Dennis  both are possibilities.  The ad appears as it did over 80 years ago, even if slightly incorrect or drawn w/ some variation.  The watch, however, has had over 80 years in which it could have changed slightly from original.  The case sure seems to match, and the dial is close.....

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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:56pm


 Hi William, Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate all you folks on the panel and everyone who gets involved in the discussions. I have spent many hours over the past two years reading everything (well most everything) you folks say about the watches and how you go about identifying them. It takes a lot of VOLUNTEER time for all of you.


bobbee's picture
Posted December 31, 2012 - 6:40am

Not the Senator. Senator in ad has a rectangular case, subject is square. Dials are totally different size and layout of sub-seconds dial is positioned differently.


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William Smith
Posted December 31, 2012 - 6:37am

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Yep...it says "rectangular case" right in the Senator ad text.  Back to the drawing board...

Geoff Baker
Posted December 31, 2012 - 6:40am

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Agree that it is not a Senator for the same reasons.........still Unknown but still a great watch.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 31, 2012 - 12:56pm


The subject Watch matches the advert Gentlemen.

Case, Movement and (almost) the Dial.

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William Smith
Posted December 31, 2012 - 12:59pm

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Owner states watch is square as evidenced by case dimensions.  Senator ad states "rectangular".