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Bulova 1929 Cambridge

Submitted by William Smith on January 12, 2012 - 5:35am
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SWISS 4  Adj, case reads Pat Jan 11 1927  14K Gold Filled New York

Sorry about poor quality images.  I checked ads 1928 thru 1930 to no avail. Runs great but dirty. Dial should clean up a little.

1929 Bulova Cambridge
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William Smith
Posted January 12, 2012 - 5:13pm

I'm gonna remove the dial and look at the back side tce...  The weird open-nine isn't what I've seen in 1929-ish examples.  There's a tad of the old lum left on the five...

Posted January 12, 2012 - 5:14pm

Check the database.  We definitely have other examples, in early models, of the open 9.

William Smith
Posted January 12, 2012 - 9:36pm

In reply to by NOVA

Thanks  Yes it was my concern that for this dial type/style the open nine dial didn't show up much after 1929. 

William Smith
Posted January 12, 2012 - 10:11pm

In reply to by William Smith

From database watch and ad examples, this "exact" or a very similar dial spanned at minimum early 1927 thru at least 1929 (in subject watch).  This dial is same appx measurements and looks like Wayne's 1928 Executive dial from:

down a ways at

There is, like you pointed out, the 27 Ambassador at in case w/ 1924 patent date and very similar size dial & case, but different printed tracks. 

I was just trying to decide if the dial in the subject watch was likely original, and in which other watches or ads it appeared, and over which appx timespan.  Thanks for your help.  I'ts a cool unknown watch w/ a nice old dial that was apparently not used for too many years based on what I could find poking around.


Posted January 12, 2012 - 6:17pm


William Smith
Posted March 14, 2012 - 2:17pm

well so much for a Bulova-wide disappearance of the open 9 dial around 1929....

Posted March 14, 2012 - 2:44pm

may have taken a brief hiatus as it appears in the early 1940's also on the 'AIR WARDEN' and 'NIGHTHAWK' models.

Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

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William Smith
Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:07pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Fantastic!  Good work/good ad.  I'll have to take new pictures, since I got NOS origninal hands from JP for this watch. ...and a great period correct NOS bracelet from Old Ticker! 
I'll aso add the case measurements etc....