Bulova 1929 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by sfedullo on August 3, 2015 - 9:39am
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Is there a model name for this watch? also, is it 1929 or 1939? The watch also in working order.

ADDED side pic of watch, 8/5/15

Added inside of case, 8/5/15

sfedullo 1930 Bulova 0805210
1929 Bulova watch
1929 Bulova watch
1929 Bulova watch
1929 Bulova watch
Posted August 3, 2015 - 10:30am

Hi sfedullo, we have one more similar ladies watch with a star case: http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1938-unknown-6309

It is certainly out of the ordinairy. Movement would be 1929, since to my knowledge the 6AF was not produced any longer in 1939. Style of the case is also early 30's. Case serial would put it in 1930 assuming that if it is all original Bulova, they would have asked Star case to follow their case encoding system. Is there any engraving on the outside of the back of the case or is all the info inside? Reason I ask is that as from 1934 Bulova put also info outside as per the link I put above.

So, nice watch. Unknown for the moment. Would you have a detailed photo of the case signature inside?

Posted August 3, 2015 - 10:49am

The inside case Says

Watch, Star * Case, Company


14KT Gold Filled

Engraved Gothic Lettering on outside of case

I think B.U.D, 1934

Posted August 3, 2015 - 10:59am

OK, thanks. So the engraving on the outside is put by the owner to personalize the watch. That confirms it is probably 1930. Unknown.

William Smith
Posted August 3, 2015 - 11:39pm

Isn't this pretty early to see a Bulova in a Star case?  Also agree w/ Alex that we don't have any examples of 6AF past 1936, as is also the end date in the movement database.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 5, 2015 - 8:02am

Hello sfedullo, welcome to myBulova. I agree that it's late 20's.  I didn't see anything in our advert dB that matches either.

1930 Bulova Unknown. 

Posted August 5, 2015 - 8:02am

Other than the movement, it doesn't show too many Bulova traits. Case, dial and hands all look very different from the norm of this period. Are we seeing an original unknown or a cobblers creation?

Movement looks to from 1929.

Unknown for me at this time

Posted August 5, 2015 - 10:14am

I added a side picture of watch.

William Smith
Posted August 5, 2015 - 3:58pm

Yea....since Jabs has a similar in Star Case, I'm at 1939 Unknown for now...but thinking Non-Conforming.  I go w/ shield date code on movement, as I'm not convinced the first ditig of case SN would hold for Star case.

Posted August 5, 2015 - 10:23pm

Added picture of inside of case, as close up as I could get it. I need lesson's on how to do close ups.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 6, 2015 - 8:15am

So are we leaning toward non-conforming?

Sfedullo, non-conforming watches are the those that appear to have been assembled with parts coming from several sources and therefore not all 'original'. The question is around the 'non Bulova' case signature. It's still a fine watch, just not all Bulova.