Bulova 1937 Horatio

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Model ID rating explained.
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Cresent Moon
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Crystal Details: 
lucite curved bubble
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unknown model-father's watch-10K rolled gold

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Bulova watch J6L 12 10 2013
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
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William Smith
Posted February 22, 2013 - 10:27pm

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...and the angle of the lugs of subject watch is not like those on the Arnolds in the database.  You can see the difference from the side view I linked above....

Posted February 23, 2013 - 2:31pm

My sincere thanks go out to all the panel members for your extensive research and valued comments. 

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William Smith
Posted February 25, 2013 - 10:20pm

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Your more than welcome.  Thanks for adding the watch to the database.  It helps us all learn....

We know the history of your case :) so we know to look around 1937/38 for a possible model name and or advertisement...  It's ID is unknown for now...

Posted March 23, 2013 - 2:23pm

Hi William, I was looking on the watchophilia website and saw a 1938 add that advertised a Bulova watch called the Horatio. Unfortunately the add picture is fair and does not mention the number of jewels. I will be looking for your feedback and thoughts on this possibility, John

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William Smith
Posted March 23, 2013 - 5:33pm

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I think there's a Horatio ad in the 1930's decades forum thread. New Bulova watch ads 1930-1939

Posted April 6, 2013 - 10:09am

  It's clearly a time consuming job of comparing the add photos to the owner's watch. I looked through these 1930's adds and find more possibilities versus nailing this model down. I see similarities with American Eagle and Hancock for instance. Sometimes the watch itself looks the same as the following year model but with a name change. I also suspect that some of these adds could be a misprint/typo in regards to the model shown in the add making this effort more difficult. The panel members clearly have your work cut out for you. I am tempted to go down to my local library at some point to see if there are bulova adds in the newspaper archives. If so, I will try to make copies to eventually add to this website. It seems reasonable, the more sources (adds) the more likely a model can be better determined.

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 23, 2013 - 6:12pm

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According to case serial number, I'm guessing 1937 is accurate. It could simply be a dial replacement. As mentioned, the watch is and has always been in family possession, and it is possible this modification was done at some point by your father's watchmaker at his request. The dials I encounter are often damaged, as the cases were far from moisture or dust proof, and would 'breathe' very easily, especially in climates where outdoor temps could get cold. 

As to the model, I think Horatio is a good call. 

Posted December 10, 2013 - 1:35am

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Geoff Baker
Posted December 10, 2013 - 7:23am

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Agree - Horatio it is.

Posted December 10, 2013 - 8:44am

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Horatio, works for me. Great ad match!