The Bulova watch company began in 1875 when Czech immigrant Joseph Bulova opened a small jewelry shop in New York City. By 1911 he began manufacturing and selling table clocks and high end pocket watches. His operation evolved into a plant that assembled watches with Jeweled movements in Bienne, Switzerland. In 1919 they company began making their first men’s jeweled wrist watches. The Bulova company was officially established in 1923, producing precision watches using standardized parts. The first ladies watches were made in 1924 and from this time forward the company grew into a brand that is highly regarded for quality and reliability. Here are examples of the longevity and excellence of the workmanship in the 5 examples of the top vintage Bulova watches you can buy today.
The 1930 Stanford has a case date of 1930, serial number 1038371. The case signature is located insidde the case, movement and dial with the format “Bulova Quality.” This piece features a 10AN 15 jewel movement with 4 adjustments. The movement date code is 1930 with the serial 686583. The case material is white gold with engraving. Case dimensions: 33mm lug to lug x 26.5mm without crown, (26.5mm without lugs). A single hinged square case type is reminiscent of the 1930s era in styling and presentation. This watch features a sapphire rectangular crystal with dust shield and ring still intact and a 1927 patent inside of the case.
The 1930 Sky King, case date 1930 and serial 0410386, is distinguished by an inside case, movement dial case signature of “Bulova Quality AAA.” The movement is a 10AN with 17 jewels an-adjusted. The movement date code is 1930 and movement serial is 623603. The case material features two tone gold with engraving in a 36.5mm lug to lug x 26.5mm without crown, (29.3mm without lugs). The case type is single hinged tonneau with a sapphire crystal in a hexagonal shape. The patent date inside the case iss 1927 and the dust shield and ring are still intact.
The 1930 Bulova Wimbledon has a case date of 1929, serial 9418425. The case signature inside the case, movement, dial is “Bulova, New York.” The movement is an 8AT with 15 jewels, un-adjusted. The movement date code is 1930 with movement serial number 307794. The case material is 14 karat white gold filled with case dimensions 30.2 lug to lug x 21mm without crown, (22.4mm without lugs). The case type is single hinged rectangular with a sapphire crystal in rectangular shape.The patent date inside the case is 1924. This model is one of the first to be identified as a “ladies sport model.”
The 1931 Bulova Banker has case date 1931, serial 1131901. The signature locations are inside the case, movement and dial with a “Bulova Quality” format. The movement is the 10AN with 15 jewels and 4 adjustments. The movement date code is 1927 with the serial 232762. The case materials are white gold with dimensions of 25.6mm lug to lug x 27.8mm without crown, (27.8mm without lugs). The case type is singled hinged, tonneau with a sapphire crystal, tonneau. The patent date of 1927 is located inside the case. This example has the dust shield and cover intact.
The 1931 Bulova Gladiator has a case date of 1931, serial 1249841. The signature locations are inside the case, movement and dial with the “Bulova Quality” format. The movement is a 10AN with 15 jewels, un-adjusted. The movement date is 1931, serial 562264. The case material is yellow gold with engraving with 36.5mm lug to lug x 26.5mm without crown, (29.5mm without lugs) dimensions. The case type is single hinged in a rectangular shape with steps and a rectangular domed crystal, model G-S X1010.
These are five examples of vintage Bulova watches that are listed for sale in various places by and for collectors. The price ranges for each item vary in accordance with the condition of the watch and the rarity. Each of these fine time-pieces are highly collectible and they offer a glimpse into the past and history of American watchmaking. The Bulova brand name stands as a symbol of high quality with consistent offerings of price range moderation that does not sacrifice quality, nor workmanship.