Bulova 1926 Princine

Submitted by stuartbaker104 on July 10, 2013 - 4:19pm
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Just arrived from ebay seller today - Looks like  a Princine to me.  Needs a very thorough clean of both case and movement.  Seller says that it keeps good time although I haven't had time to test this.

I've seen a couple of very clean restoration jobs on here.  Does anyone know what the dial finish is?  Is it laquered silver plate?  Will try the usual inert cleaners before resorting to something a little more aggressive if needed.  Might also need to do something with the crystal - it's very scratched as you might expect.  At first I thought it was glass, but it fell out while I was cleaning it and is definitely acrylic.  I assume originals aren't easy to come by!!

Thanks for your thoughts


Princine - 10th July 2013
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Posted July 10, 2013 - 6:38pm

I will check my crystals as will several others here at MB. I may have it in glass if not in plastic. I will PM you with the answer later this evening. Can you measure the crystal in mm and send it to me.

Very nice watch.


Geoff Baker
Posted July 11, 2013 - 5:51am

Yes, it is a Princine - beautiful watch

Posted July 11, 2013 - 4:17pm


The crystal opening in mm is 22.9 x 11.9 (narrowing to 6.8) - appears to match G-S T186 according to the 1930's GS catalogue on here.  I had a look round a few UK suppliers and web sites last night and couldn't find anything.  If anyone knows where I can get hold of one, then please let me know.



Posted July 11, 2013 - 11:44pm

I didn't forget you, I still have about a thousand crystals to go thru yet.

If it helps the Watch Craft number is RG 121 and is glass.

I will keep looking and let you know when I have gone thru all of mine.


Posted July 12, 2013 - 3:37am

Sorry Stuart, I don't seem to have one.

My vote for Princine.

Posted July 12, 2013 - 2:02pm

Thanks for looking JP

Posted July 15, 2013 - 6:56am

Dial should clean up nice with some soap and water and a gentle rub with your fingers and soft toothbrush.

Posted July 16, 2013 - 4:11pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Thanks for the advice.  I tried soap and water, also iso-propyl alcohol to no avail.  Eventually I used a slightly dampened silver polishing cloth, and it has come up very nicely.

I will shortly have a crystal on the way thanks to member DarHin, and I may also consider re-bluing the hands, but I think I need to find some scrap hands to try this out on first.

Then there's the movement...

Once it's all done I will upload some more pictures.