Bulova 1932 Kirkwood

Submitted by jabs on February 6, 2014 - 6:41am
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13,5 - 19,3 x 25 mm
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1932 Kirkwood I believe

1932 Kirkwood
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Posted February 6, 2014 - 9:35am

Nice one Jabs. Kirkwood it is.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 7, 2014 - 5:20am

Yes, I agree it Kirkwood

Posted February 7, 2014 - 2:40pm

I'm in with Kirkwood. Nice search jabs. This would look killer restored.

William Smith
Posted February 7, 2014 - 6:56pm

Another ad similar time period which said "15 jewel", and I think some panel members were "tentative" on an example in our database based on the jewel difference.   

Gary's 1931 is 15 jewels.  Barry G's 1931 is 17 jewels.    Possible design change a little later- ad for Kirkwood. Dec 20 1934 edition of The Gettysburg Times.  Click for full ad.


I'm good with tentative Kerkwood for subject watch!

Posted February 7, 2014 - 7:29pm

Just found this advert. Bulova Kirkwood for me.

1932 Bulova Kirkwood advert


William Smith
Posted February 8, 2014 - 3:22pm

Jabs.  Looks like the center wheel jewel is missing from it's cap.  This may give quite a bit of play in the center wheel.  Check the opening size where the pinion sticks through.  It's bigger than it  would be in the jewel (if present).  You may wanna have the jewel replaced before you run this one.  

Posted February 8, 2014 - 3:38pm

Will, that is a different type pf jewel. Not really a jewel but more of a bushing. I have many movements like that. No jewel just a strange bushing.


Reverend Rob
Posted February 8, 2014 - 3:54pm

17 jewel watches should be jewelled straight through to the center wheel. A 15 jewel watch won't have the centre wheel jewelled, but will rather have a brass setting, or simply a hole in the plate with an oil sink. Chatons are brass settings holding jewels, and may be pressed in, or in older watches, held in place by three tiny screws. 

I think what we're seeing here is jus a reflection of light on the centre jewel?