Bulova 1920 -Unknown

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on November 16, 2012 - 4:06pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case color
Case Manufacturer
American Standard
Watch Description

2 piece Case measures 27.5mm lug to lug x 19mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Unsigned Dial shows Black printed Arabic numerals.

Hour and Minute Hands are Fusaux style.

Movement bridge is Hand signed Bulova, plate is stamped Tissot.

Hinged Caseback is stamped as shown.

Date of manufacture is speculative.



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William Smith
Posted November 18, 2012 - 2:43am

In reply to by DarHin

I'm not seeing the "I" either. I think Mark meant the number "1" ?   .....and agreed-good observation on Roman numerals DarHin!!!

Posted November 17, 2012 - 11:28am

Last six digits stamped by machine in the case factory, first digit by hand by the jeweler? Maybe that's why a lot are mis-struck.

I wonder if the first digit, if not struck by the jeweler, but at the factory, by hand, was to say which Brand/maker it was going to?

Would it be worth checking other Makers watches which used the American Standard cases, as a sort of cross-reference, and see if the first digit is different?

Anyone know of other brands that used AS cases, so I can go check.

EDIT:- I meant to say as well that after 1923 we do not see the "1" on watches, only on mis-dated ones.

Posted November 17, 2012 - 9:19pm

Uknown, but will be great to finally work out a year for these guys.....Bulova did say that they released their first line of womens wrist watches in 1919.

Posted November 17, 2012 - 9:31pm

The roman numera etchings are actially a very common thing on the 20/30 Bulova watches. I've always wondered what they meant. They usually are a matching set to the case and movement holder (if there is one). First time I have noticed that it matches the last three digits.

Cool. I just checked my 5000 LE and it has hand etched the following: VI  III  VIII  sure enough the last 3 digits are of the case serial number are 638.

Posted November 18, 2012 - 5:09am

good stuff admin..

Bulova's first line of fully Jeweled Gent's wristwatches dates to 1919 according to written History, this Ladies piece (?) is most likely much earlier as the bridge hallmark suggests, possibly pre-WW1.

The current Date of manufacture entered was used to get the Watch into the database.

Posted November 19, 2012 - 4:21am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

hmmm, I could have sworn I read somewhere on the Bulova site once upon a time that they introduced the full line of ladies....it now certainly says mens on their site. If they were producing ladies as early as pre WWI i would have expected to see mens around the same time period. My feeling is that the watch above is still 1919.

Posted November 19, 2012 - 5:28pm

I just thought some schmuck had been slipping with a screwdriver, didn't even think they were numerals on mine :)

William Smith
Posted November 19, 2012 - 6:37pm

Looks like the date is more uncertain than the model being published as Unknown.
Votes to date:
4    Unknown:  Admin, Will, Geoff, Bobbee

EDIT:  Bobbee's vote from below has been added into this summary.

Posted November 19, 2012 - 6:41pm