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Bulova 1925 Oxford

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Hello All,

I picked this one up at auction last week. I thought it was interesting enough to post, and worthy of restoration. I thought I had seen something similar on the site, but can't locate it. Notice the Hallmark on the side of the case near the crown. I am not sure if we will be able to pin this one down.

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timerestoration 1925 Bulova 01 05 2015
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bobbee's picture
Posted January 6, 2015 - 3:45am

...we have a name for it, in this December 1924 advert. Oxford.


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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 6, 2015 - 6:34am

8 TA is from the FHF 8444 ebauche, and the only time Bulova used this particular movt. 

A very interesting specimen, nice catch! I would agree with Oxford.

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Posted January 6, 2015 - 7:35am

The Oxford in the ad shows a different orientation of the numbers; and the bezel and lugs do not appear smooth, perhaps ribbed or lines - can't tell if the subject watch is smooth or perhaps worn down. This could be the design of the sterling version - smooth  finish and different number orientation.

Geoff Baker
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Posted January 6, 2015 - 7:42am

Hi Jeff, what a fantastic watch! this certainly was a good find, well done. I'm going along with the 1925 date, the open "9" also indicate that era. I'm a little soft on and Oxford ID but would go tentative. Ken has a good point on the dial difference but I'll choose to overlook that. The lug difference is artist rendition to my eye.

Oxford, nice ad match Bob.

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William Smith
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Posted January 6, 2015 - 12:50pm

I'd only go two ticks tentative for Oxford, based on Ken's observations...but that's enough for an Oxford vote from me.

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Posted January 6, 2015 - 1:46pm

I think the "lines" are just the way the printer has represented a sloping surface, giving the picture depth and focus.

From studying old adverts, I have found that many of these older ones are not artist's impressions, but printer facsimiles of actual photographs. Below are two 1912 Gruen ads. The older uses a photo, the newer a "photocopy" of the first. You can see what I mean with these examples.



See how the copier has but lines in the silk lining to add depth and texture?

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Posted January 6, 2015 - 2:34pm

I'll go tentative with Oxford.

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Posted January 26, 2015 - 6:13pm

Thanks Everyone....I appreciate all the Hard Work!!

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Posted February 11, 2015 - 4:07pm

Thought I would share the finished product.

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Posted February 12, 2015 - 5:24am

Good work, I saw them on eBay :)