Bulova 1934 -Unknown

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This was in a small lot of watches I picked up on eBay and just received today.  The crown and stem are missing and otherwise needs some TLC.  The hinged case is stamped Bulova and 10K rolled gold plate.  Inside the case back the movement is protected by a (celluloid?) display back/dust cover. The movement is pretty gummed up.  I've never serviced a watch before but thought I'd give it a whirl.  I'm not sure what I'll find but, if I get that far, any ideas for sourcing a replacement stem and crown?  Thanks.

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1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
1934 Bulova watch
Posted December 31, 2016 - 11:18am

Panel Member

Dear Wynot, your watch is an unknown watch from 1934. I have seen it in yellow gold as well, which was typical of the time. Happy to see a white gold watch now too! The watch is of 1934. That year also has a circle as date code, but the cirlce is smaller than the one of 1925. Also the dial and case are typical of the 30's. Good luck with the restauration!

Posted December 31, 2016 - 2:10pm

Thanks Alex!  The circle is definitely on the small side.  What, if anything, can be learned from the serial number on the movement?

Posted December 31, 2016 - 9:38pm

Panel Member

Nothing can be learned from the movement serial number  only serial numbers inside the case are an indictation of the production year  


Posted January 1, 2017 - 8:28pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Wynot, I'm in agreeance with Alex, watch is dated with a 1934 movement in a 1933 case. I'm also not able to find a suitable model for your watch. It does have a lady 'Senator' feel to it, but I don't know if Bulova ever produced such as model. Unknown for now for me.


Posted January 1, 2017 - 10:02pm


Posted January 2, 2017 - 4:20am

Panel Member

Dear wynot, Can you let me know if there is a serial number stamped inside the case? I notice you mention the 6 digit nummer stamped On the outside of the case. There probably is one I side as well that has 7 digits. Thanks!

Posted January 2, 2017 - 10:54pm

The only markings on the inside of the case  are hand scribed.  The inside back is scribed '2465N' and '2713N'.  Inside the front of the case, perpedicular to the crystal, is scribed 'VII V VI'.  That's it for markings.  

Geoff Baker
Posted January 3, 2017 - 6:27am

Club 5000Panel Member

I don't find anything to match ID to either. Agree with Unknown.

Posted January 3, 2017 - 6:45am

Club 5000Panel Member

The hand scratched roman numbers match the case serial number '338756'

VII V VI, so that indicates its the correct case serial number. 

Thanks for adding this information.

Posted January 5, 2017 - 4:27pm

Nice observation.  I missed that.  Thanks!