Bulova 1938 Montgomery

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on January 19, 2020 - 12:41pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Cresent Moon
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
18.1 x 23.8 MM approx
Additional Information

Case dated by s/n and movement stamp indicate 1938. Gold plated case and back. Dial is a little chalked and it's missing the gold cap off the crown. Band is a replacement braided leather I scavenged off a quartz ladies watch that is a reasonable (for now) visual repro of the 3 cord leather as seen in the 1939 ad included. Currently keeping time.

Seems to be a 1938 Montgomery.

revised ad montgomery
Kathy L.
Posted January 19, 2020 - 1:20pm

Very nice you were able to find a band for it.  Nice addition to your collection.

1938 Bulova Montgomery

Geoff Baker
Posted January 19, 2020 - 9:56pm

Nice catch Bob

1938 Bulova Montgomery is a good match

Posted January 20, 2020 - 3:02am

Montgomery was the first name that popped into my head as soon as I saw the watch with that distinctive recessed crown.

Hands look like they have been replaced, but an original pair shouldn't be too hard to source.

Posted January 20, 2020 - 6:37am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Interestingly, there are now 5 "Montys"  in the Db. One 1937 and one 1939 with hands matching the ads. The other three, counting this one are all 1938 have the same stick hands. Coincidence? 

Posted January 20, 2020 - 10:30am

1938 Bulova Montgomery

Reverend Rob
Posted January 20, 2020 - 9:50pm

The illustration does not match the subject watch, IMO. There are notches at the corners of the central part of the case, but I haven't looked at the other Monty's yet.


The other Monty's loo the same, but still do not match the illustration, and I checked the other adverts for the Montgomery, and they all seem to depict a different watch as well. It's similar, but can all the illustrations be wrong? There are no corner notches shown in any of them. 

Posted January 24, 2020 - 9:59am

In reply to by Reverend Rob

I've replaced the ad above with a better one. This ad (new one) shows the notches.

Most evident in lower corners of included ad. I think this is likely a matter of artist rendition and the difficulty in showing the notches with shading.

Reverend Rob
Posted January 30, 2020 - 10:17am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I'm not seeing it, and I have gone over this quite a few times. Not only does the illustration not have any notches, but the case appears to be more tank-like, that is, it has straight sides, whereas the subject watch(es) all have curved outwards sides, tonneau style. I don't think these match at all.