Bulova 1929 -Unknown

Submitted by Wayne Hanley on October 31, 2010 - 10:31pm
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17.3MM Top/Bottom, 21.0mm Mid, 24.6 Long
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Case PAT.JAN.11.1927 14K Rolled Gold Plate

This watch was mistakenly thought to be a Templar.

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jim sanderbeck
Posted September 6, 2011 - 12:10am

 How rare is this watch?????

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 6, 2011 - 3:39pm

In reply to by jim sanderbeck

I bought two of them this year, but they are the only ones that I have seen on eBay. Last I looked they were the only Templar watches in the data base. How rare is this watch, is a very difficult question for any watch, especially when it is not known how many were made. You have to judge availability based on how many you see online for sale.

There are a couple of factors that affect availability that I call the Sock Drawer Syndrone.

1. If I were to identify this Templar watch as rare, within a short time this same model will show up on our favorite auction site. These old watches just live in sock drawers, waiting for someone to declares them rare. And this of course makes that watch un-rare.

2. If a watch in excellent condition sells for an exorbinant price and this particular watch is hard to come by. Within a short time you will see more of the same watch appear out of the sock drawers for higher than normal prices (many in the Buy-it-Now category) at your favorite auction.


Posted September 6, 2011 - 5:09pm

Mais uma vez, outra agradável encontrar Wayne! OPPs, sorry Wayne, I thought I was still translating messages with Jose :-)

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 7, 2011 - 2:34am

De nada Bob

Posted January 9, 2012 - 5:08am

I am a little lost here...why has it been decided that this watch is not a Templar?...It sure looks like the ones in the Bulova ads (see SEP, March 17, 1928, page 126).

Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:17am

It is very similar, BobT, but check the engraving pattern on the sides of the bezel, and look at the thickness of the bezel.  I've posted a clearer ad of the Templar below.  Also, take a gander at the watches in the database that have been confirmed as a Templar.  I think you'll see the differences I'm describing.


Posted August 7, 2012 - 2:27am

Also note the minute trac appears to be fatter and more curved shape than the ad watch. It could be a photo illusion but I don't think so.

Posted December 25, 2019 - 11:38pm

Found an ad but alas no name.  The Daily Times (Davenport, Iowa) · 29 Jun 1928