Bulova 1928 Franklin

Submitted by Geoff Baker on September 25, 2011 - 7:41pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Cresent Moon
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Case color
Case Manufacturer
Crystal details
21.2 x 21.2
Watch Description

14 k WGF Bulova - New York , Patent date Jan 11, 1927 in near perfect condition. 

Added 9/25/2011 -  Name updated 1/26/2013  =  Photos Updated 11/11/2013 New Bracelet


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Posted September 26, 2011 - 5:46pm

The sign is possibly an ancient American ideogram, some of which have been associated with the Aztecs, Egyptians and Chinese.

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 26, 2011 - 6:33pm

"Possibly" are you mellowing out? Great info Fifth! Let's round up the coven & have a seance! lol


Posted September 26, 2011 - 7:37pm


From what I have noted both Joseph and Ardie Bulova were into ancient Spirituality, a lot of the engraving patterns on the early Watches do seem to mimic ancient Aztec / Myan / American Indian (religeous?) symbols.

We could have a pow-wow, smokum peace pipe and speak to the 'Goddess of Time'

Posted September 26, 2011 - 9:39pm

True, even the CC Lone Eagle head could be said to be Aztec / Myan / American Indian elements. Never even considered that.


Just go with the flow...cross your eyes and you can sort of see a similarity.


Posted September 26, 2011 - 10:29pm

one more beer oughtta do it admin.

Seriously, the patterns are of ancient origin, their meanings?... who knows.

The fish is an early sign of Christianity used when one could not utter the word, I do know that much. Wether or not it is used in that context when seen on a Bulova watch We most likely will never know.

Sorry Geoff, getting a little carried away.

: )

Posted May 21, 2012 - 8:05pm

It bears a very similar look to a Van Buren listed in the 27 Sears catalog. Even calls out the luminous dial. The engravings are not quite the same but the shape is almost identical. Solid nickel case finished to resemble white gold but no mention of the black enamel. Size 10/2 ligne. 6 jeweled or 15 jeweled.

William Smith
Posted October 23, 2012 - 1:45am

looks similar to the bottom watch in this 1929 ad. at least the Greek Knotted corners. almost useless info, but the first ad i've seen with those corners.

Posted January 26, 2013 - 7:07pm

Bulova "FRANKLIN", 1929 ad from Lisa.

William Smith
Posted January 27, 2013 - 1:58am

Finally a name....

Geoff Baker
Posted January 31, 2013 - 5:46pm

Thank you Lisa and Bob for finding me a name!