Bulova 1932 Lafayette

Submitted by timothywatches on
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Tonneau shape  -  With plastic transparent dust cover   -  Sub seconds dial   -  Radium hour markers 

Front of watch with crystal
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Posted June 9, 2024 - 8:29pm

Thanks fr sharing your watch with us. I believe it to be a

1932 Dewey

Posted June 9, 2024 - 8:35pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Thanks man ! I actually had trouble discerning it from things like crusader la feyette Dorsey hahahaha

Posted June 9, 2024 - 11:53pm

I think it is de Lafayette. It is the same as the Dewey, but in the latter these two vertical rims are executed in contrasting green gold (and just plain white gold in the Lafayette).

Posted June 10, 2024 - 12:37am

In reply to by Alex

Ooh that’s very interesting to note sir ! As I said, I saw many similar models so yea I was unsure as to what it seemed to be ! 

Posted June 10, 2024 - 8:52am

In reply to by Alex

We have had several detailed conversations on the LaFayette vs. Dewey, Lafayette has smooth sides on the verticals next to the crystal, while Dewey had raised "bars". We  determined it was most likely the Dewey came with more than one gold finish but was not advertised as such.

There are several watches in the database initially ID'ed as LaFayette that after scrutiny we re-evaluated to be Dewey, HERE IS ONE with a pretty straight forward explanation..

Posted June 10, 2024 - 7:06pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Hi sir ! Yup I looked through the post you sent over and have to agree with you on this one ! Are there any adverts related to the Dewey other then the short snippet? It seems to be a very not well known model ? 

Posted June 10, 2024 - 2:38am

1932, if dated by the Case.

Posted June 10, 2024 - 3:01am


1932 'LA FAYETTE'  (ad is dated 1930)

* the ad for the Dewey indicates 'Green gold inlays' to the Case, which the subject does not show. 

Posted June 10, 2024 - 4:04am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Hi sir ! Thanks for your input ! May I know how was 1932 dated from the caseback ? Cause in watches like Waltham the serial number starts with 24xxxx showing 1924 , would like to understand how you guys do it ! And thanks for the ad ! I really like to see how my watch would have showed up in it’s time period ! 

Posted June 14, 2024 - 5:49am

In reply to by timothywatches

The movement is dated 1931 by the Sq Shield, however the case serial # beginning with a '2' indicates it was manufactured in 1932 therefore the watch could not be 1931 as the watch case did not yet exist.

Sometimes this scenario is seen in reverse with the case being manufactured prior to the movement, the latter of the 2 dates being the logical year of production.