Bulova 1924 3176

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12 years 11 months
Submitted by plainsmen on December 25, 2020 - 8:25pm
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So...there is a story behind this.  I've had these pictures for a little while.  About 2 years ago I saw this watch go bye and I liked it, but felt he had it as too expensive.  Waiting for the auction to end... I missed it by a couple days.  I reached out to give him an offer... but he had already sold it for scrap 😞.  With his permission I saved the pics and am posting it here.

Earliest case I've seen for a men's Bulova.

Pretty cool... unknown for me.  I couldn't read the date code right off the bat.

Guessing... help out guys and gals.

Unknown 12-25-2020 Front
Unknown 12-25-2020 Right
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9 years 1 month
Posted December 25, 2020 - 9:23pm

Interesting watch! Too bad it got scrapped. It is a Swiss hallmarked watch. I found those Swiss watches with movement date codes between 1923 and 1925. The 10AA movement I found around 30 so far and all were stamped with the 1924 date code except for one that has a 1925 date code. They were all 16 jewel movements, but the one on this watch is a 17 jewel movement. A first! The date code as visible on the watch is hard to recognize but I would go with the flow of the other 30 10AA movements and say it must be an asterisk. That makes this watch the 3176 as advertised in 1924. This model would become the Banker when Bulova started to give names.

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8 years 4 months
Posted December 25, 2020 - 9:35pm

I fooled around with the contrast and lighting on the movement photo, and it looks like 1-3 stamps, can't really tell.

unknown date codes

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6 years 5 months
Posted December 25, 2020 - 10:51pm

I hate to hear gold watches being scrapped.   I recently rescued a 1944 Vacheron & Constantin 18KT gold watch a few weeks ago about to be scrapped.  Only bad to pay a few dollars over melt.  I am glad that you saved what you did on this one. Not sure of a name.   .

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Kathy L.
Posted December 26, 2020 - 10:56am

Oh sad story indeed.  I am happy with 3176 as Alex suggests.