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Bulova 1928 Lone Eagle

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Hi All,

Just sold, With the permission of it's proud new owner dhhirsch,  I present yet another fine example of a 1928-29 Lone Eagle.

What is intriging here is that the caseback serial # indicates 1928 but the movement is double date stamped with both the cresent moon and the shield indicating 1928-29.

I believe the band is original. For sure it's period correct.

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Panel Member
Posted July 9, 2013 - 7:46pm

Hi Stephen,

Sorry, I shipped it today. Can't keep the buyer waiting cause he's pumped up over this aquistion. I cleaned up the pic and blew it up a bit. The symbols are both on the barrel bridge, the moon on the bottem left end and the sheild just above the case screw. Best I can do now, would be to e-mail you a copy of the pic directly.

Club 5000
Posted July 9, 2013 - 7:56pm

I'm definitely excited to get it!!  Can't wait to put it on my wrist...  I couldn't help wondering if this was transitional, just before the Lone Eagle II was issued?

And many thanks to Shawn for accepting my offer!!


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alien Ant
Posted July 10, 2013 - 12:29am

They were still advertising the mk1 in 1929, the earliest ad I have seen for the mk2 is june 1929 so plenty of time for more mk1's.

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 12:55am

I would love to believe this is a 1929 transitional piece pre MKII for David's sake as this makes it very unique and rare. That would also explain the use of NOS 1928 parts inventory being used up to fill 1929 order's prior to the launch of LEII's .That makes perfect business sence to me.

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alien Ant
Posted July 10, 2013 - 4:07am

Me too. It makes sense because the first ads for the lone eagle mk 1 are from june 1927, the mk 2 is  june 1929, the earliest ads I have seen for the mk 3 is late June 1931 and the mk 5 lone eagle is April 1934 and it announces it as "the first showing".

The new mk 4 I think was never "officially" launched as such, because of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in march 1932 and the discovery of his murder in  may 1932, as seen in the thread below.

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 5:06am

   ..or the "new mk 4" didn't exist and is simply an advertisering error, as discussed.

Bracelets of this style are first advertised (in the ads We have to Date) in 1931


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alien Ant
Posted July 10, 2013 - 5:26am


Bracelet as we can actually see on this watch is first seen on the 1934 wandering seconds hand President, in this ad that we  have in the ads here:

as pictured and previously noted on the first page of this thread.

The evidence is as seen in ads and as read for the new model, and any genuine proof otherwise has yet to be seen anywhere.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:06am

Addressing the exact same band as on the subject watch, then Yes, you are correct. We don't see it in ads until 1934.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, we do see this style of band introduced as early as 1930 but not the exact same band as you have pointed out.

Anyway, since the watch is from 1928-29 it's really just a moot point.

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Posted August 13, 2015 - 1:17am

Double date code on mvnt for 1928 and 1929, case SN starts with "8".  We have been dating these based on the most recent, and the movement is a nice fit to this case.
Should date be 1929?

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 13, 2015 - 10:48am

Will, I'll update, did you look to be sure David doesn't have it posted too?