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Bulova 1928 -Unknown

Submitted by shelton243 on November 10, 2016 - 6:17pm
Manufacture Year
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Cresent Moon
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21.1mm x 11.4mm
Watch Description

1927 Jola   /  Nada

6AF -sealed / dust cover 15 jewel movement 14k white

14K White Hinged case . exceptional condition

Dial color is off a bit, silverish like the Nada

Glass Crystal

Running w / service

Keeping time.

I said Jola / nada because i found an ad on here for *1927 Jola and a watch w/a dial like the Nada

NOS band

Edit Alex: updated year from 1927 to 1928 in line with movement and case dating

1927  Bulova watch
1927 Bulova watch
1927 Bulova watch
1927 Bulova watch
1927 Bulova watch
Posted November 10, 2016 - 6:19pm

Case size,   33.28mm x 17.38mm *excluding crown.

Lugs,  12mm

Posted November 10, 2016 - 9:19pm

Dear Shelton, your watch is an unknown sports watch from 1928. Bulova introduced sports watches for the first time in an ad of May 1st 1926. The watch in that ad was the called the Debutante. Sports watches were characterized by having leather straps and radium dials, although the second generation Debutante sports watch, already introduced one year later in an ad of 2 July 1927, was advertised without radium dial ever since. Your watch is based on this second generation Debutante. It shares the same case shape and size. Only the engraving is deviating. In total this shape came with three styles of engraving, not counting the enameled Miss America that has the same shape and size as well. The Debutante has the traditional "laurel leaf" engraving. The second type of engraving is with small rectangular blocks on the bezel. That watch is called the Rosalind. You can find a newspaper snippet on Watchophilia. The third type of engraving is like your watch, having these curly motives on the bezel. Since we know that Bulova gave a different name to the second type of engraving (Rosalind), I would go for "unknown" for your watch having the third type of engraving.

Posted November 11, 2016 - 3:21am

In reply to by Alex

I saw that 1928 debutante and was going to call her that until I looked good at the dial center,  that one has cut corners and mine is square. Mom will be very happy, same year as her. 1928

Any way It's keeping perfect time. spot on

Posted November 11, 2016 - 4:40am

Agree with Unknown, similar watch on Lisa´s web

Posted November 11, 2016 - 3:11pm


Posted November 11, 2016 - 3:23pm

Well since it was produced the same year as my Mom and she now has it,  Rather than call it unknown or Jane Doe,  I'll name it after her,  " Malvina "

Posted November 11, 2016 - 11:03pm

Good idea. I also baptize my watches that have no name. 

Posted November 12, 2016 - 4:01am

In reply to by Alex

That was a great little find,  $ 6.99 and a couple drops of oil and it runs great.

Posted November 12, 2016 - 7:03am

I guess that $6.99 was not on eBay?