Bulova 1929 -Unknown

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Hello everybody and thank you for your time and interest in my watch. My grandfather died in 1976 when I was 6 years old. Later on in my life, maybe mid-twenties I came across these two watches in a little blue box. These were with some other personal effects of my grandfathers. But I don't know what happened to them.

Fast forward to a few couple of months ago and I found a book of old photos of my grandfather and his friends in 1936-1938. I told my mom I would scan some in for her. Then a couple of weeks back, my girlfriend and I were talking about foreign money and I pulled out the family coin collection. What do I find? The little blue box. But now I am older and recognize something interesting when I see it.

The little blue box turns out to be the original Bulova box for the other watch, but we can look at it later.

This watch really intrigues me. It think because of the beautiful art deco design. So, I proceeded to start searching all over the Internet for old Bulova watches. I found a lot of really good information. Once I started gathering all of the information together, I noticed something. Almost all of the good info came from myBulova.com. So I decided to fire up an account and ask the experts what they thought this watch was exactly. Unfortunately I cannot find an advert with this exact square case.

Oh and I mentioned some photos before, that is because I believe this is a photo of my grandfather wearing this watch. The photo is dated 7-25-1937. My grandfathers name was Robert John Whalen.

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Michael Scott
Posted February 25, 2014 - 2:41am

Searching, searching. Found another Bourbon at some auction site.


Posted February 25, 2014 - 6:07am

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Michael, great story and I always love seeing a family heirloom watch,especially with the original owner wearing said watch. Outstanding!

Could you please add a photos as the first image in you posy of the full watch fpr the records. Its better to show a full image than just the case as the first image is used in the index.

Unknown for me at this stage.

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Michael Scott
Posted February 25, 2014 - 10:58am

SUre thing. I will take a nice picture of it together today and post it later.

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Posted February 25, 2014 - 7:48am

try the database Watch search for 1929 'SPARTAN'.

The image is missing from the root but I may have a copy of it.


edit: scratch the above idea, close but no cigar.


Geoff Baker
Posted February 26, 2014 - 6:51am

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Hi Michael - welcome to myBulova. You're fortunate to have this wonderful keepsake from your grandfather - I think some of the most valuable Bulovas are the ones with the intrinsic value of family heirlooms. I going along with it being the watch he's wearing in the photo, just because that makes it even more wonderful. The band is not original but that has no bearing as so many watches from this era lost their original bands decades ago. Finding a replacement is a matter of personal preference. The missing dust cover shouldn't be a problem either assuming you won't be wearing it while gardening or doing 'outside' or  'dusty' type work.

In terms of the ID I'd say Unknown, we just don't have adverts showing this style yet.

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Michael Scott
Posted February 26, 2014 - 11:07am

Hi Geoff,

No no, I won't be wearing it to do the yard work. : )

But speaking of wearing it, I decided to wear it for a few days. The movement of my wrist must have knocked something lose, because it is keeping pretty good time now. Before it would only move like 5 minutes a day, now it only lost 4 minutes over 12 hours. So, I got to get it cleaned and lubed as "the little watch that could" wants to come back to life.