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Bulova 1927 Lone Eagle

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Hi all,

I recently won this Lone Eagle on eBay.  After I received it I exchanged emails with Stephen about whether it’s one of the 5000 based on the case number (6637743), and the movement, which is a 10AN and has a serial number of 227325.  Oddly, I can't find a date code on the movement, other than an arrow.  I'm aware of the arrow that is sometimes on 1926 movements.  I had commented on it recently on the 1928 President I had posted that has a 1926 9A movement with a triangle and an arrow.

So, perhaps this is another Bulova anomaly; a 1926 movement with only an arrow and no other date code?

Anyway, I just got the watch back from my watch guy.  It needed a new mainspring and it’s now up and running (and on my wrist as I post this…).  Stephen had asked me to look again to see if there was a triangle date code, and I’ve looked and looked, but all I see is the arrow.  In fact, when I took it to my watch guy, he also tried to find a date code.  He was also puzzled by the arrow, pulling out his chart with the Bulova date codes and pointing to 1937!!.   At that time we both looked and couldn't see one other than the arrow.

I’m anxious to hear what the panel thinks.  Hope it’s a 5000 LE…



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Club 5000
Posted August 1, 2015 - 12:21am

Stephen and Will,

I just sent another high res shot, trying to focus on the arrow.  Definately something is there. As I mentioned, my photography skills are limited, but it may help.  I can go to my watchmaker again, but probably not until Tuesday, since he is closed until then...  But, as the picture shows, there is the outline of something, and its definately there and not a shadow...


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William Smith
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Posted August 1, 2015 - 1:20am

Here's all I could get out of the photo.  Sure looks like there's something there to me.  Dust cover makes it a little hard to see.  If you look with your loope again, and see a triangle, but can't get a better photo, that's good enough for me!  

Club 5000
Posted August 1, 2015 - 1:42am

More high res pics focusing more on the arrow, sent to Will and Stephen, this time without the dust cover.  The more you look, the more you see something...  Wow...


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William Smith
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Posted August 1, 2015 - 1:46am

I only snipped one of the new pics, and it sure looks like a triangle to me.  I've looked at several of these pictures pretty hard too!

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William Smith
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Posted August 1, 2015 - 1:52am

So with the triangle- which I'm seeing- this watch meets all the criteria for the 1st 5K LE's.
Based on how we have been ID'ing these, I vote for the 

I'd agree it's "not-confirmed" , but it works for me!!

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted August 1, 2015 - 5:11am

Thanks again David for taking the time to double, and triple check the movement for us. It had to be there somewhere and that blasted arrow was right on top of where the triangle normally is.

Welcome to the 5000 Club!

Now wear it with pride and show it off to as many people as you possible can. If you are anything like me you'll have friends running away in no time saying.....'here comes that guy again who won't shut up about his damn watch!!' :-)

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 1, 2015 - 7:34am

Ta Da!!

Welcome to the club David. I updated the year of your watch. We consider the '5000' to be 1927 in spite of the 1926 coding.

Lone Eagle 5000, kinda of a big deal at my house.

Club 5000
Posted August 1, 2015 - 10:44am

Thanks all,

I'm certainly proud to be part of the 5000 Club!  I only wish I had seen the triangle earlier. While it was a bit hidden under the arrow, I guess it was really there all this time!!