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Bulova 1926 President

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American Standard Bulova

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24.0mm x 19.7mm



Additional Information

Dial: Silver Colored Dial, Lum Numbers, No Seconds Chapter, Open 9, Open 6
Case Material: 14K Green Gold Fill 
Case Dimensions: 36mm Lug-Lug X 24.0mm wide ,17.7mm Between Lugs
History: In 1924 the President was one of Bulova's first mens production wristwatches. In 1925 Bulova Watch Number 39734 was re-named President.

13/11/11 Updated case material.

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Stephen Ollman
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Posted September 27, 2010 - 1:03am

Very nice! Are you planning to clean and polish the movement?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted September 27, 2010 - 4:40pm


I'm a collector only, I will consult with my Watchmaker, Shawn Bourget on what should be done to preserve this timepiece and the 20 other 1925 to 1930 Bulova watches that are going to be restored. I would like to complete a collection of 1924 to 1930 Bulova mens watches.  All of the watches I have acquired will be family heirlooms.  I have about 30 Bulovas in excellent restored condition so far. I'm not into photography & have been using the sellers pictures for all of my watches. I think I'll have to learn to do some photography, so that all can enjoy our horological history.

Any suggestions?


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Stephen Ollman
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Posted September 27, 2010 - 7:22pm

Wayne, very jealous of your collection and of those in youir family set in inherit :-)

I guess most modern digital cameras will do, but you'll need one that has a 'macro' feature. This way you can get some real nice close up photos of the dials and movements.

I love a good photo of a beautiful vintage watch.

Looking forward to seeing this and other watches of your restored and the results of your photo taking.

Posted May 5, 2011 - 7:04pm


The watch in the ad is quite different that your watch, notice how the "arrows" switch direction and the small flower in the center is missing on the ad?

Artists mistake or different watch?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted May 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

Old Ticker

Notice that in the 1924 ads the President is the only rectangular shaped watch & depicts a plain bezel. In 1925 Bulova introduced an engraved rectangular President  No other 1925 watch matched the size & shape of the engraved President case. So after aquiring this 1925 President, process of elimination indicated my watch matches the size & shape of the President case in the 1925 ads. In addition this President has the same engraving pattern as the square shaped Executive. I believe the ad is grossly in error on the engraving pattern. Shown below is the long & the short of it.


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Posted May 6, 2011 - 3:23am

President seems to be 17J, the watch in question is 15J.

As the serial number is pretty early, this maybe one of the ealier movements that only used 15.

Only other watches similar during this time that I can think of are the Senator and Executive, but both of those are square. The one is certainly rectangular. I can't find anything else rectangular other than the Presidents.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted May 7, 2011 - 1:36pm

The fact that this President does not have a 17 jewel movement as reflected in the ad is very puzzling. I cannot find any reference to a 17 jeweled 9A movement. The movement database does not list a 9A 17j movement. Does anybody have a 17j 9A movement? 

Same as above on my 1925 Executive 9A movement.

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Posted May 9, 2011 - 5:15am

Over the years I've recorded three 9A movements with 17Js

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Posted November 4, 2014 - 7:02am

Not a match to any President ad prior to 1929.

Possible mistake in early Bulova advertising, as no models matching those early ads seen? Or are those ads depicting only the solid gold case? Food for thought.

May 1929 ad.

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William Smith
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Posted August 6, 2015 - 5:02am

(Top Ad)  39734 Ad (1925) looks like its a President by 1926 (Bottom Ad), but Wayne's watch case (Center) doesn't match the ads very closely....and the jewel count differs.  
I'm at one tick for this one.

Back in May 2011, we didn't have that many ads on site.  I don't think the "process of elimination to the only rectangular ad we have on site is President" holds true now.