Bulova 1940 Jefferson

Submitted by matlobi on January 16, 2016 - 9:48pm
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Yet another purchase from the big auction site. Oddly enough, seller had it listed under vintage clocks rather than watches. 10AX movement with Omega symbol, "AAA", 21 Jewels, Bulova Watch Co and USA. Yellow gold case with 10k rolled gold back and applied gold numerals. Purchased mainly for the attractive stepped case. Needs some work, and a new crystal.

1940 Bulova
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
Posted January 17, 2016 - 5:24am

it could be Emperor as here


Geoff Baker
Posted January 17, 2016 - 12:15pm

I would say it's an Attorney. The record linked above isn't really a watch record, it's just an advert and I don't think it should have been tagged as Emperor, I think it should also have been Attorney.


Posted January 18, 2016 - 3:00am
I'm coming from two facts:
  • Attorney has 17 jewels
  • analysis on Lisa´s web page

"There were at least five very similar cases shown in the advertisements between 1941 and 1943, i.e., the:  1) Attorney, 2) Brewster, 3) Emporer, 4) Galahad, and 5) Jefferson

  1. 1941, 1942, 1943 Attorney - pink or yellow gold (though typically today only seen in pink), unengraved bezel, 17 jewels, three larger "steps" on lugs
  2. 1941, 1942, 1943 Brewster - pink gold (but, interestingly, typically seen today only in yellow--so, a different model for which we don't yet have an ad?), unengraved bezel, 17 jewels, four evenly sized "steps" on lugs
  3. 1941 Galahad - yellow gold, engraved bezel, 21 jewels, four evenly sized "steps" on lugs
  4. 1942 Emporer - yellow gold, unengraved bezel, jewel count not advertised, four evenly sized "steps" on lugs
  5. 1943 Jefferson - yellow gold, unengraved bezel, 21 jewels, three larger "steps" on lugs"

it is true that analysis no interferes to 1940, from that year we have no material

maybe Attorney with swapped movement ??

Posted January 18, 2016 - 6:05am

Could you confirm the gold plating stated on the caseback: you mentioned 10k rolled gold plated, but when I zoom in on the photo above it appears to say gold filled.


Posted October 19, 2023 - 10:20pm

In reply to by matlobi

Of all the terraced models like this, the only ad that says gold filled is the Emperor. All the others are rolled gold. This case does have the thick terrace lines as shown in the pictures for the Emperor. While the pictures aren’t great, it does appear to have raised gilt numerals and hands. This watch matches the description and pictures of the Emperor.

Posted October 19, 2023 - 10:28pm

In reply to by Stinky_Sullivan

I looked at the 1943 Jefferson ad again and it does say gold filled just like the Emperor. The description doesn’t say anything about the numbers and hands and it’s impossible to tell from the illustration. So it matches the ‘43 ad although the ads does describe every detail the Emperor ad describes. Since the Emperor ad goes into more detail and it matches those additional details, I believe it’s the Emperor.

Posted January 18, 2016 - 10:10pm

I've gone over the ads for the five of the possible models listed above. Subject watch has a 21-jewel movement, yellow gold filled case, and looks to have 3 steps on the lugs:

1 and 2 use 17-jewel movements - not a match; #3 uses 21-jewel but has engraved bezel sides - not a match; that leaves 4-Emperor and 5-Jefferson. Both of those are yellow gold filled unengraved bezel. I see 3 steps for the Emperor not 4, and 3 steps for Jefferson. The Emperor is priced at 39.75 and jewel count is unknown, and came with a leather band. The Jefferson is priced at 42.50 and uses the 21-jewel and also came with a leather band. These both look similar to me, so the lower price could represent a lower jewel count movement.

I'm going with Jefferson at this time as the match.

Reverend Rob
Posted January 20, 2016 - 10:20am

I'd have to say Jefferson because of the steps on the case.