Bulova 1952 Patriot

Submitted by DarHin on February 9, 2012 - 6:15pm
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RMS 122-72C 20.9x17.0 Bulova "Patriot", CMX 320-37
Watch Description

Overall Length: 31.5mm  Case Length: 23mm  Width: 20mm  Inside Lugs: 16mm  Movement Date Code: L1 (1951)  Solid 14KYG  I checked the ads from 1948-1954 and did not see a model that matched. The glass crystal appears to be original as it is faceted to match the case in both directions.  ***UPDATE*** 02-23-2012 - Found RMS 122-72C Bulova "Patriot" crystal info on page 33 of the Rocket #9 crystal catalog. Didn't have the Rocket but did have the G-S equivalent CMX 320-37 and it is a perfect fit.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 9:57pm

I actually received another one last week with the same dial as yours on a '48 8AH in an undated case, #9189156. Your movement ring is for that watch. I also have a rose gold version, case #4535936, that I should get before next week.


Posted February 23, 2012 - 5:11am

I found a crystal marked "Patriot" that is a perfect fit and is perfectly faceted to match the case shape. I searched the ad's for "Patriot" (some reason Patriot is listed twice) and came up empty. I also searched Watches for patriot and there is only 1 modern one from 1991 listed. I'm confident enough to change the model to Patriot based on the crystal info alone until such time as evidence arises to contradict. Thoughts?

Posted February 23, 2012 - 6:13am


The '9' Serial number of Your new Case would indicate 1949.

It wouldn't be the first time a Watch has been ID'd using Crystal specs. A 'PATRIOT' ID is worth 2 stars IMO and beats 'UNKNOWN' ...for the time being (?) 

Posted February 23, 2012 - 8:39am

No doubt, the Crystal Facets match the Bezel 100%.

Posted February 23, 2012 - 12:15pm

  I have that crystal in Federal glass with the facets , if your interested.

Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:29am

DarHin & Fifth,

I like your Patriots much more than my modern one. After seeing your pictures am tempted to start a new quest. :>} Chasing them down is all the fun! 

Posted April 10, 2012 - 2:04pm

The reason my Patriot's have were updated was that I had to re-enter the model info as it appears that the duplicate Patriot model has been deleted and mine were entered under that one. No other info has been added or edited.

William Smith
Posted April 10, 2012 - 3:49pm

IMO good two star tentative ID based on crystal specs etc....