Antique? Ladies watch

I've looked through all the ads from about 1936 to 1978 and can't find this style.  There are a total of 28 diamonds, 3 on each end of the face, 2 each below the 3, and 9 small ones on each link on both sides of the band.  The back say 14K on top (may say CO or CQ before the 14K) and 271982 on the bottom.  Any help identifying this, year, style name, would be greatly appreciated. (I added a picture but don't see it in the forum, only when I click Edit, hopefully someone will know when/what from the description)

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William Smith
Posted February 18, 2012 - 6:10pm

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Hi kd  Welcome.  It's difficult to get close on a model ID or even a series of models without several photos of the watch.  It's kinda tricky to get take the photos, get them to the required site upload size limits, and then get them to show up in the post.  ...but there are good instructions in several places where the uploads are done.  

We can enter watches into a database of know/unknown watches, or we can post them here in a forum like you have done.  Either way, the types of photos which are usually necessary are the same.

I listed the photos I usually upload for either forum or database entry here:

Have fun and let me know via PM if you need any help.    Will


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Posted February 18, 2012 - 7:28pm

....the Jewel count of the Movement is a tremendous aid in ID'ing the Ladies pieces.

Posted February 18, 2012 - 9:06pm

thanks, is the jewel count on the inside?  I've been hesitant about opening the back, don't want to damage it.  any easy way to open it?

Posted February 18, 2012 - 10:09pm

The jewel count will be stamped on the movement along with a date stamp or code, and series (size) of movement,

Opening the back in not to difficult, use the backside of a dull butter knife and locate the tab or indention on the caseback. You will find that between the band mounting lugs, insert the back side of the butter knife under the tab and gently pry up using the lug for leverage. The caseback should "pop" off and usually the movement will still be in it.

Then you will have to gently work the movement out of the back. Before you attempt this, it is a good idea to use a folded towel on a table and work over that in case you drop the movement or watch.

You may need a jewelers loupe or magnifying glass to locate the separation of the back and bezel and to read the info on the movement.  Write the info down on a piece of paper for future reference, and also look to see if the inside of the caseback is stamped with anything.

Under the information tab at the top of the page is a chart with the date code symbols and info. While you have the movement out, take pictures of the movement and caseback using the macro setting on your camera for close-ups.

As Will said, enter it in the database as a unknown by clicking on the Home tab and on the "Add a Watch" tab, follow the instructions and fill in the required info, adding pictures is much easier in that section. This will help all of the members help you in ID'ing your watch.

Good Luck,



Posted February 19, 2012 - 2:01am

Got the back off and, sadly, the movement has been swapped out.  It's not a Bulova movement, it's a Harley Rhonda 3572.  The face says Bulova but now wonder if the case is a Bulova.  Looks like I'm just gonna take it to a jeweler and see what he thinks.  Thanks everyone for all the help.