Bulova 1939 Perisphere

Submitted by Pug933 on May 23, 2013 - 4:03pm
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I've been the owner of my Great Grandmother's watch for a while now, and I just recently got it fixed so it runs. My mother and I were trying to identify the age when I found this site. Any information you can give me about it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Katie 

PS I chose shield as my symbol because I didn't know what the square shield was, the watch dating chart seemed to have only 2 shields, though originally I thought the shape was a blob, so what do I know.

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Posted May 23, 2013 - 4:39pm

Definitly looks like a shield to me. I will do a search and see what I come up with. Thanks for posting the watch.


Geoff Baker
Posted May 24, 2013 - 5:35am

Hi Katie - welcome to nyBulova. You're quite fortunate have your grandmothers watch, we think family heirlooms are the best. 

At first glance I thought your watch might not be in a genuine Bulova case but it appears that it is marked "Bulova" on the back. I agree that your watch does date to 1939, hopefully we'll find a name for her.

Posted May 24, 2013 - 7:48am

ever feel like You're being watched ?

1941 ad. 'EMPRESS' is the closest found but not a match.

1939 'UNKNOWN'

Geoff Baker
Posted May 25, 2013 - 5:29am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

yeah, now that you mention it..........that is a bit eerie, isn't it? Watched - BY A WATCH!

Posted May 24, 2013 - 10:16am

I found nothing close enough to get excited about either. Unknown for now.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 25, 2013 - 5:57am

The Empress is close but a bit different on the lugs.

Agreee - Unknown

Posted May 27, 2013 - 1:30am

We could give it the nickname "Eyeball" watch ; D


Posted May 27, 2013 - 8:00am

I wanyt to call it the 'cyclops', but alas it's Unknown for me too.

Posted May 28, 2013 - 7:42am

This is one of those designs that will jump right out of the advert when we finally find one.

Posted December 12, 2018 - 12:55pm

I believe this to be a a new model called the "Perisphere" based on the following ad from 1941. Designed after the Perisphere from the New York Worlds Fair which was in 1939 which would be when the watch was made and aligned with the date of this watch.  Interesting watch and glad to finally give it a name.