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Ladies 1927 Bulova 14k Solid Gold Sapphire & Diamond Vintage Art Deco Watch A+ For Sale
I’ve always appreciated the quality of Bulova watches, a company first established in 1875. It was founded by Czech immigrant Joseph Bulova and based in New York City, where the famous Bulova Observatory was located, high above a skyscraper on Fifth Avenue. Like Gruen, it also had a factory in (Bienne) Switzerland, established in 1912 and dedicated to the production of watch components and their assembly into jeweled movements. The firm is known for its aggressive advertising campaigns and for being the first to advertise on radio – with an announcer stating “B – U – L – O – V – A … 8:00p.m., Bulova Watch Time.”
Pure and simple, this is one beautiful 14kt solid white gold Tank watch…a 1927 Sapphire & Diamond Case model with a hinged back and engraved “linenfold” dial.
This finely engraved, tonneau-form timepiece is triple-signed for Bulova and measures 30mm end to end and 17mm in width (21mm with original cabochon sapphire crown). This works out to be 1-3/16” long by 5/8” wide, not including the winding crown. It is powered by its original 6AF caliber, fifteen jewel mechanism, fully serviced by my Bulova-trained watchmaker David, ensuring it winds and sets smoothly and keeps accurate time.
The sterling silver, matte enamel finished dial is in flawless condition – professionally restored to its correct original status. It features black enamel Arabic numerals, a checkered 60 minute inner track border and original blue steel Spade-style hands. Signed BULOVA below the 12 and embossed “Swiss” at the base of the dial.
The solid glass crystal is in excellent condition, removed for some photos to better show you the dial. The 14 Karat Solid White Gold wire lug case is in excellent PLUS shape and features wonderful Art Deco embossing and geometric engraving on both the bezel and case sides. The highlight of the bezel are its Four (4) dark blue Sapphire stones – and Two (2) Genuine Diamonds, all clear, original and in excellent shape. The original winding crown is cabochon sapphire and in excellent order as well, operating smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent condition with absolutely NO wear or engravings, just a fine leaf border. Peeking inside via the secure hinged back case (opens and closes perfectly), I find a higher grade Fontainemelon caliber tonneau shaped mechanism. It is signed Fifteen 15 Jewels – Bulova Watch Co. [Caliber] 6AF with a SQUARE date stamp denoting a 1927 production date. The inside of the case lid is signed BULOVA QUALITY – 14K – AMERICAN STANDARD, PAT. JUN. 20, 1924 with case number below.
This watch has been fully disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated to ensure it winds and sets very smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a new 10mm wide matte black calf leather strap that has been modified to securely fit on this solid (wire) lug watch. It will fit a wrist 5-1/4” to 6-3/4” with no problem. So then, who will be sporting this true 1920s Art Deco watch in just a few days time? It really is a beautiful piece.
Since 1998, Holben's Fine Watches' goal has been happy customers. I treat buyers as I like to be treated: with courtesy and respect. I’m especially proud of my excellent response and high number of repeat clients. I’m a long-standing member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and have collected watches since I was a kid.
Watch sizes: I provide exact measurements in millimeters (the watch industry standard) and inches, and include a U.S. quarter in photos as a size reference. Draw the measurements on paper to help visualize the watch on your wrist. Remember, men’s watches from the 1910s - 1960s were smaller than considered normal today.
Buyers outside the United States with less than five response: Please introduce yourself via email PRIOR to offerding. Otherwise, your offer may be retracted.
U.S. winners pay $7.75 for fully insured, safely boxed USPS First-Class Mail shipping. Washington State residents (and those with shipping addresses in Washington State) add 8.6% sales tax.
Canadian ($16) and most international buyers ($18) receive safely boxed USPS International REGISTERED shipping. I also ship via EMS Express Mail International for $35 (plus insurance cost) and this shipping method is REQUIRED for shipments to countries that do not upload delivery status top the USPS website. If you are an international buyer please wait until I invoice you with your shipping option(s).
International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding. While I ship within 24 hours of receiving payment but your local custom authorities can delay the delivery of your package. As such, it can take anywhere from 7 days to 30 days before final delivery is made.
Payment is due within three days of sale end, unless you’ve contacted me prior to arrange otherwise. In accordance with policy, payments not received in four days will initiate an unpaid item case through the Resolution Center.
In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add holbensfinewatches to your Favorite Sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s – 1970s. My selection changes weekly, and is comprised of manual wind and automatic watches from the following categories: WWI trench; WWII; military; fancy case, art nouveau; art deco; mid-century modern; stainless steel; sterling silver; white, yellow and rose gold; solid gold; platinum; and diamond, ruby and/or sapphire ladies’ cocktail watches.
Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.
As my pal Cautious Carl says, "Buy a Nice Watch from Mike"….keep in mind he gets more dog treats when you do (and he’s getting fat!)