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Bulova 1928 Franklin

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A rather RARE BULOVA "unknown" Model, Circa 1928. (Patented: 1.28.27) All original Art Deco styled white gold filled case with elegant Greek Key black enameled bezel details, in excellent overall condition. Just (luminous) redialed, as original. Also completely serviced and calibrated by a master watchmaker with 35+ years experience. Sporting a new glass crystal and black Spidel lizzard strap!


This is probably about the most handsome 20's Bulova I've seen yet in person, except perhaps the Lone Eagle No. 1... However this watch is almost certainly much RARER... as it's only the second one I've EVER SEEN! 




My Best :-)  Scott

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Posted April 5, 2011 - 7:54pm

Scott, you've listed this as 1928, but then put the circa as 1926-1930. Are you referring to the years of production of this particular model?

Also can you please add the movement and case serial numbers in your listing.

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Posted April 6, 2011 - 6:14pm

Hey Stephen,

I first had to locate my LIGHTED 10x loupe... (Just added the serial no. on the movement. 1928- 30 is a range...based on the design... as I never paid any attention to the "date codes" since approx. 15- 20% of the dates were incorrect when I found this site, initially! The movement's symbol, is a crescent moon... Good thing is wasn't another  "0" year date code!? LOL...)


:-)  Scott


Posted April 5, 2011 - 8:15pm

That is a beaut Scott,

I'll bet it took a few $$ to get that one in shape! Kind of like a Curtis gone wild!'s picture
Posted April 5, 2011 - 8:43pm

Thanks! Greg:-)

Yes, a spendy snipe... and complete "redo..." (Although the case looks almost new, when not under magnification... on the obverse side!) I also thought it looked quite similar to the CURTIS model, in some respects... It's BIG (like the older Ambassadors) and that black enamel reminds me of the Lone Eagle, etc. (I also have clean Lone Eagle 1 & 2s, a Rite Angle, and several others in the same shop, for refurb...)

I hate to part with it... but I need MORE CASH... to start BUYING gold, silver, etc. ASAP! So the other (12) Bulovas+ have got to go!!! 


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Posted April 5, 2011 - 8:34pm

Hereafter's the inside of the case back... (Having camera issues, plus my light box is awaiting new bulbs!)

Looks like " S296334 ?" I thought the third from the last digit was a symbol... but it now appears to likely rather be a lightly stamped "3?"


:-)  Scott


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Posted April 5, 2011 - 8:47pm

8296334 it is.

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Posted April 6, 2011 - 3:21am


The Watch has the same Case engraving detail as the 1930 Treasurer, although in a different position on the Bezel.

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Posted April 6, 2011 - 6:08pm

I have a dozen 1924- 30 display ads with several dozen models (Saturnday Evening Post) however none show this (enameled) case? And I suspect that since this is only the second one I've seen online or off (in 2.5 years) that it's a RARE+ design... And as for LOOKS, this one is a REAL head turner! ART DECO RULES!! 


Hereafter's the 1930 Treasurer, for comparrison:


:-)  Scott

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Posted April 6, 2011 - 5:33am

Does any other 1920's Case have this Black enamel spiral detail, an earlier cut corner also?'s picture
Posted April 9, 2011 - 1:36am

Hmmm...  The Conqueror, Lone Eagle I, '30 Treasurer and several ladies models, such as the Miss America, Vasser, Wellesley, etc. (Those three models look almost identical... and I also have one of them, getting redone, presently... as my grandmother had a Doctorate, from Vasser...)


:-)  Scott