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Bulova 1950 Walton

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Hi, here is my Bulova Tonneau, BC10, from 1950... I cannot identify it, it' s similar to a few of the 1950's models but not quite... the closest resemblance is to the Allerton but that' s not it.

Any ideas ?

thanks in advance

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Andersok's picture
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Posted May 19, 2018 - 2:05pm

Can you confirm the movement is either 7 jewels or 17. This does not appear to be a 17 jewel movement, nor a 15. It looks to be a 7-jewel, and it is likely the Walton model; however there is also the Hancock to consider, which is identical to the Walton and I don't see a difference between the two. Both models shared the same model number (31901) and were advertised at the same prices ($24.75 and $27.50) during the same years.

Posted June 2, 2018 - 5:54am

Thanks for the reply, I believe that between the 2, Walton and Hancock which look really really similar, I would lean towards the Hancock that to me looks slightlty "chubbier" but very little, which is what mine is.  A bit confusing to be honest as they are very similar, dial wise and case.

Posted June 2, 2018 - 5:59am

It is a 7 Jewels BC10 movement, just double checked, thanks !

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Posted May 19, 2018 - 9:36pm

Tricky as we have "Walton" adverts from 1947 to 1951 and was even advertised as 9 Jewels in a few adverts.

Then I see a bunch of adverts 1951 to 1953 for the Hancock, but  also a mention (no image) in a 1948 advert.

I'm just leaning towards a 1950 Bulova Walton.


Posted June 2, 2018 - 5:58am

thanks again, I am confused, the 2 models are very much alike.

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Posted May 20, 2018 - 6:46am

This is indeed a tricky one. As Ken points out, we see this model ID'ed in ads as both the Walton and Hancock, in 7 Jewel with the same model number. After downloading and manipulating above movement photo, It looks to me it's a 7 Jewel.

1949 ad - Walton 

1950 ads Walton (L) and Hancock (R) Making note of Maxim w/ engraving on case

1951 ad -  Walton

Face appears different on subject watch as it has the "hook bottom 7", where the ads show a more straight style. I find it highly unlikely that there is another named 7 jewel for this time frame on leather with the only variance being number shape on the dial, so is this of no concern?

I'm up in the air on this one and currently can go either way

Walton or Hancock. This one almost warrants a coin flip.

Posted June 2, 2018 - 6:01am

Ah ah... good one... I think you are correct, the more I look at the watch and at the ad pages of the Waltons and Hancocks the more I believe that this is the case, flip-the-coin... I noticed that the Hancock was also made in the 30's with different case shape ?

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Posted May 20, 2018 - 10:17am

Could go either way for me as well.  Looks like the ad above shows the numbers in the sub seconds dial.  For that reason I will go with 1950 Bulova Walton for now.

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Posted June 2, 2018 - 5:59am

Agreed, based on the 1951 color ad, Walton is the best match.

Posted June 2, 2018 - 6:10am

Ok then. Walton it is... will change in my folder descriptions and records the name... thanks to all !!