Bulova 1923 158

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on October 6, 2011 - 12:55pm
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American Standard
Watch Description

Hexagonal Case measures 29mm lug to lug x 24mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Sterling Silver Dial shows Black printed Arabic numerals and Bulova Signature. Hour and Minute Hands are Modern style.

14K American Standard Case.

Cabochon Sapphire Crown.

Fully Serviced 1/2011 by My Bulova Graduate Watchmaker Mr. Richard Hostetler Jr.

* Vintage display ad Dated 1922.


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Posted October 6, 2011 - 2:30pm

Very interesting fixed lug to spring bar adapter.


Oh yeah.. The watch is fantastic!!

Posted October 7, 2011 - 12:15am

Yes, it's stunning in person. Can You read the model name in the ad?

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Posted October 9, 2011 - 7:56pm

Springbar adapter issue resolved.

Not original, but era.


Posted October 9, 2011 - 10:26pm

I have the same watch Mark, been trying to ID since last January.  No luck at present, so if you find a readable ad, let me know the name and specs. Would appreciate it. Lisa and I scoured the internet for months with no success, bummer!

Posted October 10, 2011 - 2:03pm


Just noticed something. Check out the more legible 1923 AD2 in the database. None of the Ladies shown are named, they are simply identified by a number. IMO the 1924 ad is doing the same, identifying by a model number and not an actual model Name....or, did You already realise? 

Posted October 10, 2011 - 2:47pm

Saw it, but didn't want to admit it. I think I'm in denial  ;-( 
I like the names better than the numbers!!! I submit that since this was the "big startup" for Bulova all Joe's attention was on business, not names. Numbers are so impersonal...

Posted October 10, 2011 - 3:14pm

admin believes this Watch is possibly seen between #'s 154 and 156 in another ad.


Posted October 10, 2011 - 5:15pm

I just saw a similar case marked Bulova Quality AND American Standard.......its a current auction so no link but that shure does add some coal to the argument about the frankenbully named watches with American Standard cases...maybe they are true Bulova

Posted October 10, 2011 - 7:19pm

I've always insisted that mine and the one Mark shows are true Bulovas! We (as per usual) didn't and still don't have enough early Bulova info and/or ads to back up a positive ID. When I first posted it, certain members classified it as a Frakenbully so I yanked it out of the database. As to the current auction, I saw it and IMO it's a Bulova "Numbered series" watch also. These types of watches don't appeal to most watch buyers (except scrappers) but they've always had my attention ;-) If memory serves me correct , mine was stamped 18K solid gold, but don't hold me to that, as I haven't looked at in the last year or so...  :-)

Posted October 10, 2011 - 8:08pm

early Bulova's definately used American Standard Cases, they then purchased the Company, mid 20's? admin will know more, these early Watches aren't really My thing, but I'm warming up to them.

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