Bulova 1923 156

8/10 votes
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Case measueres 22mm lug to lug x 24mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Ornate Silver Dial shows Black printed numerals, Bulova signature and track.

Hinged Caseback is stamped as shown.

Cabochon Sapphire Crown.

Sets, winds and runs.

vintage display ad Dated 1923 - as found.

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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted August 11, 2012 - 2:20pm

look Ma, no Hands!

1921 '156'

bobbee's picture
Posted August 11, 2012 - 2:30pm

Nice piece Mark, bet it's almost half 18K by weight in that case! Be nice to get that band renovated, don't see many, if any, cloth bands this old.

EDIT: Case SN looks like it begins with a 4 not a 1 to me.

Posted August 11, 2012 - 8:09pm

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Bobbee, 1 would be correct.

bobbee's picture
Posted May 16, 2013 - 12:10pm

I still think the first number in the case SN looks like a mis-struck 4, and would be closer to the movement's date of post April 1923, due to the company name changing to Bulova Watch co. at that time.

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William Smith
Posted August 11, 2012 - 2:28pm

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Sure looks like 156 to me.   Wow....I didn't even see the matching buckle.  Score

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Posted August 11, 2012 - 4:31pm

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156 all the way.   This is a prime example of how accurate the artists renderings were.



Posted August 11, 2012 - 8:08pm

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156. Nice!

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Reverend Rob
Posted August 11, 2012 - 11:17pm

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Just a word on Gold Filled-In the US, Gold filled for 10k is 1/10 by weight, 12k or higher is 1/20 by weight. It has been governed by the Federal Trade Comission since 1914. Despite what many sellers on eBay may think, melting down or refining gold filled jewellery yields very little gold, especially as many of the scrap pieces are very old and brassed through. 18k GF wears the fastest due to the alloy being slightly softer, and is less common. 

The movt here is our ubiquitous FHF Robert, similar to the AS 340, and both under the ETA umbrella at the time. These movts were extremely common and used by many now-extinct watch companies. I would agree with 156 and 1921. Original crown, nice find. 

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Posted August 12, 2012 - 1:04am


Would You happen to know the compatable Bulova Movements which superceed the 10AI, if any?


Posted August 12, 2012 - 5:20am

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The 10AP came before the 10AN funnily enough, so that may have been the movement that superceeded the 10AI.