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Bulova 1920 Precision

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20 millimeters



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Octogonal case, movement marked Bulova and in small font TISSOT. Dial marked BULOVA PRECISION. I can't find the movement caliber nor date symbol

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Reverend Rob
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Posted May 30, 2014 - 6:31pm

This one is real old. I can't say I've ever come across the word 'Precision' on a Bulova Dial. I'm not having any success identifying the movt, can you tell me what size it is, either in mm or lignes?

A positive ID would have to come from the size and the keyless works fingerprint, under the dial. This might just pre-date the AAI movts seen in the little Lady Maxims.

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Posted May 31, 2014 - 3:27am

Lisa has another very similar to this one.

This one would be earlier, as the Globe trademark is missing, and the movement is just signed "Bulova".

Bulova used many different Swiss manufacturers' movements this early (possibly 1917), and this could be a "sideline" model to the Rubaiyat.

There is another one on myBulova marked "Bulova Precision", but in a different a different case which could mean this is a different line of models. Pics of it show no detail.

Tissot made the movement, or at least in a thread on WUS several members were talking of a similar watch with the same movement as the one above and below as being from 1918 and made for the Sinal Corps. They were also quoting Cary Hurt of the NAWCC, a very knowledgeable guy who posted this watch:

  I think they came to the conclusion it is an in-house movement.

Here is alink to the thread:



I would say to be safe, Bulova Precision, circa 1918.

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William Smith
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Posted June 1, 2014 - 1:12pm

Yep Bobbee    No Globe on inside caseback, and only BULOVA on movement.  Don't know about "Percision" but agree it's and oldie....1918-1919?
Posted June 2, 2014 - 12:46am

Thank you Bobbee, you are really well informed about Bulova watches, and you just found one with the same case exactly, that octogonal at ... But their pictures are far better than mines :( I will try my best in the next pictures bunch, but it is really small and it is not easy find the right light.


The case colour and texture is the same as Jim Robson's seen at
Posted June 2, 2014 - 12:51am

Thank you very much for your interest, it's nice to know something else about something you got and more in this opportunity because it is a gift from me to my wife.


You really have seen a lot of Bulova watches, fast identification (or at least orientation), and great memory for recall those seen in other web pages.


Thank you again, I will follow the Tissot clue and see where it takes me.


Wait to find anything else here too ;) and I am very glad to become a member together people with so great knowings.

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Posted June 6, 2014 - 11:25pm

As Bobbee said Precision was yet another branded watch produced by Bulova in the early days, similar to Rubaiyat and Lady Maxim. This much has been known for a few years now.

This watch is another great example of Bulova's early dealings in the watch market. It also gives us some more clues into Bulovas early use of case stamps.

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William Smith
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Posted July 22, 2015 - 11:09pm

Based on Lisa's theory, American Standard Watch Case Co hallmark (also without globe or shield) suggests that if this case may have been made before the trademarked date of first use (Aug 1918), however there is a chance that while Bulova used American Standard at that date, it may not have precluded Bulova from using other cases from ASWCC for a few more years?  Perhaps right up to Bulova buying all of American Standard WCC (or date when it became a wholly owned subsidiary or what ever the verbiage was).  We have 1920 date, which I'm guessing may be a little late for the various hallmarks.  Maybe I'm splitting hairs (years) here, as I am not convinced its pre-August 1918 as per trademark info we have, but maybe it is pre Aug 1918?

Here's a 1919 Rubiayat w./ a globe, and movement swap, but its the case that Im comparing.