Rotate the case clockwise until it screws back into place. The code consists of one letter and one number, eg. Accutron: The World's First Electronic Watch Beginning in 1952, Bulova began exploring and developing technologies that would create the first revolutionary change in timekeeping technology in over 300 years: the Accutron. Additionally, a very early movement is likely to bear a different Bulova signature than the signature seen in later models. In general, for all time periods, it is important to understand that Bulova watches never provide an obvious date of manufacture anywhere on the watch.
On many watches, you will find two different serial numbers: one on the case of the watch, and one on the interior mechanism of the watch. The style was fairly modern, and bold. Dating Big and Baby Ben's by Bill Stoddard and Richard Tjarks, Adobe Acrobat 2. It is possible that you may have a watch in which the date code on the. Since 1948, Bulova watches have a two-number code on the back indicating the year the watch was made. There are, however, several clues that can be of assistance in at least narrowing down the date. Below are images showing the two patent dates that often cause confusion.
The serial numbers are used for identification purposes only. Who knows why they jumped from A to L. Dating Bulova watches that appear to pre- date 1. Bulova Watch Serial Number Check Bulova case serial numbers my. To find the serial number on the case of your Bulova watch, simply flip it over and look at the flat back of the case. .
Find the serial number on the interior mechanism. If there is no alpha-numeric code on the backcase of the watch, it probably dates back further than 1950. No serial number lists are available for these. Be very careful doing this, as you can damage the watch if you are careless. There are, however, several clues that can be of assistance in at least narrowing down the date.
Thus, the presence or absence of a movement serial number, in conjunction with the date symbol on the movement, also helps narrow down the date. A8 is also a valid symbol for 1948 and has been seen on watch movements. You will not find this information unless there is a 2 digit on the backcase or you will find a geometric symbol inside the case of your watches. If yours does not, you may want to consider looking for a serial number on the mechanism. A date code will be either a symbol like a triangle, and eight-pointed star, or a half-moon, for example , a two-digit number, or one letter and one number. Below are images showing the two patent dates that often cause confusion. This can be found on the back of the case and on the movement.
There are no number tables that I am aware of to cross reference the date of manufacture with the serial number. Dating at the early 50's are different. These codes and the manner in which they should be interpreted is the subject of this article. Movements dating prior to approx. They were the first watch company to market watches specifically to women, and the first company to open a school for disabled veterans that provided them with care, employment opportunities, and a marketable skill after the war more below.
Bulova Company in a store on Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan. If there are no identifying marks on the outside of your watch, or if you want to know the model number of the movement that was used in your watch, you will have to take the back case off. For example, movements made prior to 1. Vintage Bulova Ads; Vintage Bulova Catalogs; Watch Links. Elgin Private Label Watch Database from John Fogarty.
For a detailed analysis, and examples, of Bulova case signatures through the years, Bulova Case Signatures. They used the letter M to signify the decade 1960 to the end of 1969, and the letter N to indicate 1970 to the end of 1979. Therefore, determining the date of one of these early models is difficult and often impossible to accomplish with absolute certainty. There are many Bulova watches with serial numbers. When comparing your watch to various models, pay the most attention to the shape of the watch's case.