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Bulova 1933 President

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There are some odd things going on with this watch! First the s/n on the back is 226321 which indicates the mfg. date is 1932, but there is a second s/n on the inside of the caseback 3031093 which would indicate a mfg. date of 1933. Then the movement symbol appeares to be a T indicating 1932, but then it appears someone scratched a line through it changing it to an X which would make it 1933. The only ad in the DB for a 1932 President is for a 17 jewel mvt. This one is 21 jewel. Also the 32 does not have the wandering seconds bit as this one does. No 1933 ad in the DB for a President. The first wadering seconds ad I've seen is a 1934 ad. So thats the ad I used for the supporting advert. Hope the panel can figure this one out!


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Reverend Rob
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 2:41pm

Drop dead cool. 

President for sure, and it's possible the wandering seconds debuted earlier than we thought?

Posted February 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

What a beautiful puzzle. The watch is beyound fantastic. My vote is tentative President  until we can uncover the wandering seconds issue.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 7:07pm


...and a beauty Mr Bruno!

Posted February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

That is a beauty Bob, you may have one of the first wandering seconds President produced on your hands, maybe a late 1933 marketing change, the case serial and movement jewel/code changes would seem to indicate that, Very Nice!

Geoff Baker
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Posted February 27, 2014 - 5:23am

World class Bob, this is a magnificent watch. I guess I didn't pick up on the date when we talked the other day but I think we should date it 1933 as Mark and Greg suggest. You really hit a home run on this on this one, Mr Veeck would be proud.

President - "Hail to the Chief"

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Posted February 27, 2014 - 5:26am

Oh so jealous!!

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Bob Bruno
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Posted February 27, 2014 - 9:09am

Thanks for your kind comments and help guys. I changed the the date to match the inside caseback s/n.