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Bulova 1927 Conqueror

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scarce silvered dial, needs a crystal and correct crown, does show some case wear to back. I discovered when looking for movement symbol==(the triangle being faintly stamped)== the letters CAL(Charles A. Lindbergh) at the apex of the screw hole, very tiny, stamped. Extremely hard to photograph, but a photo is shown here. Has anyone ever seen/noticed this on their early Lone Eagle movement? Could this be a distinguishing identification for the earliest of the watches distributed?


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William Smith
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Posted March 29, 2013 - 2:31pm

PM sent to try to confirm case SN. Not holding my breath.  Based on what's entered, 1928 would be "correct".

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Posted April 7, 2013 - 3:13am

I'm thinking that the dial and movement are from a 26 Conqueror and the case form a 1928 LE.

Case or movement 'cound' have been swapped to replace the broken part. These CC LE case snap so easily.

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Posted June 1, 2014 - 6:18pm

Case sn gives us a date of 1928, and is a priority in dating a watch. It is possible that it was fitted originally with this movement, but could equally be a swap out.

Lone Eagle by case, one tick for 1926 Conqueror.

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Posted August 28, 2014 - 7:14am


Those "chicken scratches" don't look like CAL to me, just someone clumsy with a screwdriver.

The power of suggestion should be wielded responsibly! :-)

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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 10:18am

Suggestion, indeed! On closer inspection, these are scratches from a screwdriver.  I don't think I would have seen the CAL if it hadn't been pointed out. 

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William Smith
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:33pm

I had emailed user Sculptor to ask if the leading "8" of case serial number could have been a mis-stamped "6" , but don't remember the reply.  I think it was "I dont' have the watch to check", but not sure.

The only thing we have to go on would be the case serial number as entered in the root record...therefore 1928 production date w/ movement swap from two years previous or Bulova used an old 10A when assembled in 1928 (much less likely).  

As such, ID would be a 1928 Lone Eagle vs a Conqueror, regardless if movement housed by Bulova two years later, or changed by repair person over the years.  We do have the hands as presented, and the dial w/ the open "9" which may suggest possible date of those parts....

I'm at one tick "Not Confirmed" as currently listed "1926 Conqueror".

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 29, 2014 - 6:11am

Watch record re-opened for further discussion.

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Posted August 29, 2014 - 10:17am

Case SN recorded as starting with an "8", no photo to confirm so Lone Eagle by default.

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William Smith
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Posted August 29, 2014 - 1:29pm

I agree w/ Bob

1928 Lone Eagle

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 30, 2014 - 5:32am

By serial number, 1928 Lone Eagle