Bulova 1929 Ethelda

Submitted by GVP on January 23, 2013 - 11:40am
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I believe this is the Ethelda model as shown. As to gold content.....that's all on another thread. Advert says 14k, jewelers say 14k, but not stamped, I am not sure.....

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:21pm

Splendid example. Thanks for sharing it with us. Could you possibly provide pics of movement. They are just nice to have for the records


William Smith
Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:24pm

Great piece.  The case SN suggests 1927? 
Gary- what year is the ad used above?  Thanks

William Smith
Posted January 23, 2013 - 5:02pm

In reply to by William Smith

Never mind case SN date...I see you entered shield (1929) from movement. 

Bob Bruno
Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:27pm

Now there's something you don't see every day! Nice one! I don't understand why these ladies models seem to be so under valued.

Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:55pm

That's one really elegant watch, definately the "Ethelda". Nice researching, good seeing a watch posted with the ad. Strange it's not marked 14K on the caseback but it may be stamped on the lug side of the case hidden by the band.

Reverend Rob
Posted January 23, 2013 - 6:24pm

Ethelda for me too. Now, there's a name parents don't use for their daughters anymore. 

Posted January 23, 2013 - 7:44pm

That is one beautiful watch and like Bob -  I do not understand why the older womens watches are so under valued.   I really love them.


William Smith
Posted January 23, 2013 - 8:07pm

1929 Ethelda works for me!  A first for our watch database.
The Ethelda first appears in the 1927 ad Gary used in root record (click for full ad), shown next to subject watch.

And again in 1928 ad (click for full ad).

There may be some "artists rendering" differences between vertical bezel engraving on Gary's watch and the two ads, but I don't know if the difference exists in an an actual watch, or if they did, if it would have a different model name.


Posted January 23, 2013 - 9:09pm

Bulova probably released a cheaper version in Gold Filled.