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    Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    Hi,

    I picked this little manual wind watch today at an estate sale. It didn't appear to work at the time, but I figured for $6.00 it was worth it. I got home and wound it, and amazingly it runs! There is a tiny dent on the case back. But beside this and some patina it's in good shape. The band appears original, and it isn't in bad shape. Needs oiling and cleaning.

    Anyone know now what I've got? Model? Approximate year made and jewel number? If it helps the caseback has the following number: 8166244

    I plan to take it to a watchmaker to open it up and give me the model number and jewel number, but I thought I'd inquire here as to whether anyone might know off hand what I've got.

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    You should just be able to pop this back off. Most likely the whole movement with dial will come out the back, then grab the edge of the dial to pull it out of the case. If you don't feel comfortable with that, then wait.
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    I had the caseback removed at the shop today. See pic of movement, which a part from having a little dust on it is excellent condition.

    On the movement itself is 6AH and BXW. Inside the caseback reads 5th Ave, NY with the following engraved:

    H13407B and H1076. Not sure what these two alpha numeric codes refer to.

    does this inform help identify the watch movement types and year of manufacture?

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    From the case back serial number, this watch dates to 1938.

    Here is a 1939 advert for your watch, the Rona.

    Cheers, Bob.






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    EDIT- Sorry, not quite an exact match, but similar!
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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    The movement will date your watch to about 1940 with a nice little 17 jewel movement. I also found this Bulova ad that possibly shows your watch to be a 1940 Lady Bulova.

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    Very cool, Bob. Thanks for the info and old ad. It's older than I thought. I was thinking late '40s.

    It runs and keeps good time, but after every 3rd or 4th wind, the crown slips. The watch shop guy didn't notice a cracked stem, but said it might be a gear that needs replacing. I notice that when I apply a little pressure down while winding it doesn't slip as much.

    By by the way, what's a safe number of times to wind a manual like this one without risking an overwinding?

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    Quote Originally Posted by bsshog40 View Post
    The movement will date your watch to about 1940 with a nice little 17 jewel movement. I also found this Bulova ad that possibly shows your watch to be a 1940 Lady Bulova.

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    Incredible. The band on mine is leather strips separated by links, but between your ad and Bob's we've narrowed it down.

    It was worth the 6 bucks I paid for it just to learn these facts!

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    Which would be this 1940 Lady Bulova. Lol

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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceankid View Post
    I had the caseback removed at the shop today. See pic of movement, which a part from having a little dust on it is excellent condition.

    On the movement itself is 6AH and BXW. Inside the caseback reads 5th Ave, NY with the following engraved:

    H13407B and H1076. Not sure what these two alpha numeric codes refer to.

    does this inform help identify the watch movement types and year of manufacture?

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    I would speculate the two codes you said were engraved inside the case back are service marks
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    Re: Ladies vintage Bulova estate sale find- mystery?

    The movement is a Bulova Cal. 6AH which is actually based on the Aurore Villeret Cal. 120. This movement was also used by Fontainemelon (FHF) as their Cal. 120.

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Bulova 6AH (Aurore-Villeret 120)

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