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    1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Found this at a local antique shop, for $15. Nice that it comes in the original box and case. Inside of back stamped Bulova 10K Rolled Gold Plate Stainless Back, New York. Case serial number -010573, At least 5 seperate watchmakers have signed the back! The movement is marked 8EA 17 Jewels USA and Bulova Watch Co. Unfortunately it does not work as good as it looks. It does tick if you gently shake it so it is not siezed up. The hands move freely. The crown appears to be split, with the knurled part seperated from the stem, it does not wind (overwound? I know, no such thing). seems to be a good canidate for restoration. Any info on date or any comments on watch, band, problems, etc. :thanks





















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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Awesone deal

    1940
    http://www.mybulova.com/bulova_movements.cfm

    Make sure you hang on to that case!

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    Dr. Ranfft has a database of movements and your movement is in it. I suspect you are going to have to invest several hundred dollars US into getting it working again... but a real watchmaker will know more!

    Old watches are like old cars... sometimes you can get them cheap but getting them back to running is where the energy goes. Yours looks like it will be well worth it
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    It sounds like a COA is likely all it needs

    A recent informal survey indicated that a COA in North America averages about $100

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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Thanks for the info! Does anybody know if the knurled part of the crown was pressed on, or how it attached to the other part of crown?
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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    I did some poking around on 'Mybulova' and found this photo of a 1940 Senator model (same 8EA movement) this shows a blue dial, but it's the same watch.

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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnson View Post
    It sounds like a COA is likely all it needs

    A recent informal survey indicated that a COA in North America averages about $100
    There is only one way to find out what it needs. I don't pay $100 for winders but I live in what the Left and Right coasters call 'the flyover'

    On the crown, it certainly looks like two pieces of metal... maybe they can be pressed back together. Your watchmaker will be able to tell more than we can.
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by sixtysix View Post
    Thanks for the info! Does anybody know if the knurled part of the crown was pressed on, or how it attached to the other part of crown?
    The crown will have to be replaced. The loose part is the bottom of a cap that originally surrounded the entire crown. Wear at the edge of the crown broke through this cap and the top part of the cap broke off and fell away. Now unsupported, the lower part is just dangling around the stem.

    Replacing the crown shouldn't be a problem when the watch is serviced.

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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Outstanding purchase! The box alone could bring in $100.00.

    Rather than spending a lot of money with a watchmaker to get that movement going, I would monitor eBay for another Bulova with the same movement, but perhaps a bad dial or case. Then just do a switch.
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    Re: 1930's? Vintage Bulova...warning lots of pictures

    Tom,

    Great idea! Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Outstanding purchase! The box alone could bring in $100.00.

    Rather than spending a lot of money with a watchmaker to get that movement going, I would monitor eBay for another Bulova with the same movement, but perhaps a bad dial or case. Then just do a switch.
    Later, Gary




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