Bulova 1928 -Non-Conforming

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Movment dates to 1938, no case markings or serial No. stainless steel back, i have been told this may be a Beau Brummell ?? movement No. could be 302313

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1938 Bulova watch
1928 Bulova watch
1928 Bulova watch
Posted April 24, 2017 - 11:08pm

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This looks like a what I'd called a 'cobblers' watch, meaning its been created from various components that didn't originally come together or was released as an official Bulova watch.

The dial and movement are a give away, as is the lack of Bulova identification on the case.

The 10AN was Bulova's primary movement through the 1920s and into the early 30s and seems a bit early for this watch, but was also a common movement for cobbler watches due to their high numbers and ease of repurpose.

I'd like to see the case back in mote detail if I could, but at the moment I'm thinking 'Non-conforming' which basically means it's a watch made of various Bulova and non-Bulova parts.

Posted April 25, 2017 - 12:44am

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Yeah... these were advertised in newspapers as recased Bulova movements. Aftermarket... non-conforming for me as well.

Posted April 25, 2017 - 4:23am

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non-conforming for me too

Geoff Baker
Posted April 25, 2017 - 6:06am

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I agree, lack of any Bulova markings on the case indicate an aftermarket case. I would put the case design into the late forties or early fifties. It certainly is fancy.

Non Conforming -  Maybe someone can remind me, doesn't the fact that the movement has a serial number date it to 1927? In the movement dB we have the 10AN ending in 1937.

Posted April 26, 2017 - 6:55pm

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I'd say the movement is 1928. It has all the hallmarks of that period.The later 1930s ones typically didn't have a serial number.