Bulova 1926 Dictator

Submitted by Geoff Baker on December 11, 2011 - 6:42pm
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Bulova Dictator. Inside case back stamped Bulova 14 k Gold Filled New York Pat June 10, 1924. Bracelet is unusual deployment style with two opening clasps

Added 12/11/2011  Case S/N updated 1/25/2013  Photos Updated  - New bracelet

1926 Bulova Dictator 1 Geoffrey Baker 6/5/2023
1926 Bulova Dictator 2 Geoffrey Baker 6/5/2023
1926 Bulova Dictator 1 Geoffrey Baker 6/5/2023
1926 Bulova watch
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Posted January 7, 2012 - 12:08am

For what is is worth here's the above image blown up as best I can get it.

1926 Bulova Windsor.

Until we find a good hi res version of this advert we'll just have to put this one back on the self and revisit another day.

Posted February 12, 2012 - 10:28am


"Waferish" by 1920's standards.


William Smith
Posted September 27, 2012 - 11:37pm

I just noticed the case serial number starts with zero.   Are we looking far enough forward in time for an ad?  The engraving sure matches the dictator ad, but so does the watch Fifth posted just above, and w/ more curve and "thinner".

William Smith
Posted January 24, 2013 - 6:48pm

Case SN suggests 1930.  Jewel count differes from Dictator....perhaps a 1930 dictator case, but I doubt it.  One tick for now, as I check for any new ads.  What year/range do we see ads for Dictator?First ad in this thread (below) is from 1927:

Posted January 24, 2013 - 7:12pm

Hey Geoff, can you provide crystal measurements? The crystal looks as if it's a military type and is curved from top to bottom and flat from side to side. Is this correct? Thanks.

Posted January 24, 2013 - 9:14pm

1924 Patent date, maybe another mis-struck first numeral,possibly a six?
Easy to check, Geoff.

William Smith
Posted January 24, 2013 - 10:56pm

In reply to by bobbee

Am I remembering this correctly????   We see the 1924 patent date on watches which use that technology....and then the 27 patent date on watches which use that newer technology.  Not all watches produced after 1927 use the 1927 patented technology.  Some continue to use the earlier technology, and therefore have the earlier patent date- even on some cased dated into the very early 1930's?  Usually ladies watches, but now always.  Don't know about this example though...the mis-struck 6 may make more sense....:)

Geoff Baker
Posted January 25, 2013 - 5:53am

Case S/N Updated to "6" - it's questionable but quite possible. Crystal is not curved but lays flat side to side and top to bottom.

William Smith
Posted January 25, 2013 - 4:12pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Geoff Do you still have the watch?   Did ya look, or are you "remembering" the possible mis-struck six, or do ya have some old notes on watch if its gone?

Posted January 25, 2013 - 8:02am

The other Windsor ad in DB from 1926, along with a newspaper ad of the Dictator from 1929.

Do they help? Wrong engraving for Windsor, no curvature as in the Dictator.