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Bulova 1929 Fleetwood

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20.0mm x 20.0mm



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Case Material: 14k Two-Tone Gold - Rolled Gold Plate-Fairly Rare

Case Measurements: 20.0mm Between Lugs, 33.0mm Lug-Lug x 26.6mm Wide

Dial & Hands Original

estateauctions Sellers Description mentions

This auction is for a circa 1929 Bulova Wrist Watch, we think it matches the face of the 1929 Fleetwood, but this one has a 17 Jewel 10AN movement. (We matched it on the mybulova com site - what an incredible Bulova resource!!) We may have it wrong, if so, let us know and we will get it up here.”

You have it exactly right Sir!

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Posted February 6, 2011 - 6:22pm

  I have one very similar to this listed on Ebay as a 1927 Bulova Ambassador.  Mine is slightly older with a serial #574974 and is stamped that it was Patented  Jan 11, 1927.  My dial is much nicer, and it has Luminous hands and hour markers.  It has a 15 Jewel 10AN movement.

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Posted February 6, 2011 - 10:46pm

Wayne, Hands should be cathedeal type.

We're seeing alot of watches come through with these style hands. I wonder if they are indeed correct or just where readily available during the dacades after release and were and easy replacement.

Posted November 29, 2012 - 6:11pm

You are probably right as I have dozens and dozens of these type hands compared to the cath and spade hands and you don't see very many of the cath or spade but plenty of the hands seen on the subject watch.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 6:41pm

Either they are all changed hands (unlikely) John, or another theory of these hands first appearing on 1940's watches has been Deep-Sixed!

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Wayne Hanley
Posted February 7, 2011 - 5:07am


Would you post a picture of your watch please? I did a ebay search & 1927 Ambassador turned up a Lone Eagle & Governor both tonneau shaped.


My Brewster has the same type hands. The only guide for authenticity is the ads. When it gets restored it'll get the cathedral hands.

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Posted March 13, 2011 - 11:02pm

THE 1929 BULOVA "FLEETWOOD."  (12.15.29 SEP AD...)


:-)  Scott




The BULOVA "AMBASSADOR," (i.e. with Luminous Numerals, etc. June 28th, 1930 SEP ad...)

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Posted March 13, 2011 - 11:05pm

Sweet.... there are the clear ads we were looking for Wayne!'s picture
Posted March 13, 2011 - 11:09pm

(And... no 150kb limit in the "Reply" category, so far!?)


:-)  Scott

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Posted March 13, 2011 - 11:15pm

Im thinking that around the end of WWII when the military hands were lumed, people saw that and said "Holy cow, I need those" and slipped in to their local Bulova watchguy's store and said " Hey man can you get me some of those???" and since the army was prolly sellin surplus everything to the watch guys (except cases or complete watches)...voila....the now empty of lume skelatal hands.....not to mention all the returning soldiers wanting them...any smart watch seller would likely buy up some of those lumed hands and just swap them into new watches to enhance the sellability untill Bullova started adding them from the factory...I mean we take that stuff for granted today, but back then I'll bet that was some very hot sellin stuff !!! (radioactive pun intended.)

Now these models in this thread look like they were all lumed to start with but for all of the others with theses type hands...'s picture
Posted March 13, 2011 - 11:26pm

AND... there was likely a LAPSE in availability of luminous hands+ for a decade or two... until an ALTERNATIVE for RADIUM was produced for "phosflourescence..." (as Radium is of course, RADIOACTIVE! And killed MANY a dial painter (mainly young women licking the tip of the brush to maintain the fine point, after being assured by the (typically outsourced) company owners and managers... that RADIUM was completely non toxic!)

Word has it that one instructor actually DRANK Radium paint to PROVE it was SAFE... and they wore it in their hair, as makeup, etc... to go out on weekends...  


:-)  Scott