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Bulova 1938 Rite-Angle

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Manufacture Year: 

1938

Movement Symbol: 

Cresent Moon

Movement Model: 

8AZ

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

8612416

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

MX2120 / 178

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Well, Here it is, My " Rite Angle ". I know some of you were watching this one, maybe even bid too, but I went large to get it. All original, just dosen't get any better than this. Now, it's time to share it, Enjoy all.

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William Smith
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Posted September 5, 2012 - 3:24pm

Great watch. Glad it went to a good home to be shared w/ us all. Like that "Pat. App'd. For"  hallmark vs the usual Patent Pending. 

bourg01
Panel Member
Posted September 5, 2012 - 3:35pm

Hi Will, My other 38 Rite Angle is marked the same way. Paid too much for that one too!

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted September 5, 2012 - 3:33pm

Do we want to figure out the variant (if any) or simply list it as a 'Rite Angle'?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 5, 2012 - 4:04pm

vintage Database ad Dated 1938 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova%20ad%2019...

'RITE-ANGLE' "D"

*edit: scratch that notion admin, the "D" variant has a non engraved bezel, subject Watch is engraved.

my bad.

'RITE-ANGLE'

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William Smith
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Posted September 5, 2012 - 4:05pm

So the difference,  based on ad above, is the mount? "D" on the bracelet and "A" on leather?  The hands (dial?) are slightly different?  O my...  The minute hand in the "A" above may be exaggerated in length, as it looks like it would hit the vertical bezel and not clear the sides to make a revolution.

bourg01
Panel Member
Posted September 5, 2012 - 4:17pm

I don't think we have any evidence to prove out a variant on this one. White dial, moderan hands, engraved bezel and original link band.

I'm good with generic " Rite Angle ", at least that much is confirmed.

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William Smith
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Posted September 5, 2012 - 4:23pm

Yea I agree. The engraved part makes variant designation a "guess following other patterns" as we don't have the ads. 
Generic Rite Angle from me- ticks would be three. 

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William Smith
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted September 5, 2012 - 4:48pm

...but I think the watch in entirety is original including the band, so it's a variant in the making!  All's we need is more ads.  Great watch!

bourg01
Panel Member
Posted September 5, 2012 - 5:12pm

Yep, I agree with that Will.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted September 5, 2012 - 6:09pm

That is amazing. I assume that's a keeper, can we see it after it's serviced and polished also? 

 I think we will uncover the variant letter sooner or later.   

edit:

Just some interesting movement history, here. The 8AZ is the 8.75 ligne version of the FHF 125, which became the Rolex 59. This FHF 125 predates the FHF 30 that it became, available with different bridge shapes. The 125 reminds me of Aegler movts sourced by Rolex early on. Both the 125 and its lookalike 30 were used by Rolex. The main difference* here is the smaller size. Does it have a Breguet overcoil, Shawn? 

*as well as the level of adjustments and tests the Rolex version would be required to have and pass.