Ladies 1928 Bulova 14k Solid Gold Sapphires + Diamonds Vintage Art Deco Watch For SaleLong before the Bulova Watch Company would become famous the world over, long before there was a Bulova Observatory on top of a Fifth Avenue skyscraper, the company existed as a small jewelry store on Maiden Lane, in New York City, owned and operated by Joseph Bulova. Some of us now know that a young shop assistant named John Ballard convinced Joseph to start selling watches directly to other retailers, which led to the establishment of watch factories in Switzerland and the U.S.A. The rest of course is watch history, with Bulova being one of the most recognized names in the field.
Without a doubt, this is one of the nicest ladies Bulova watches I have offered in some time, a 14kt Solid White Gold model set within 4 Sapphires & 2 Diamonds in its finely engraved bezel. In excellent condition, it is triple-signed for Bulova, on the dial, case and mechanism and dates to 1928, as per its date code.
Its case measures 31mm lug tip to lug tip and 17mm in width (20mm with original sapphire crown). In inches this is just shy of 1-1/4 inches long by 5/8 of an inch wide, not including the winding crown. My Bulova-trained watchmaker David has fully serviced its original 15 jewel, manual wind mechanism, ensuring it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The silver matte enamel finished dial is in excellent condition and without flaw. It features black enamel painted Arabic numerals, a crisp checkered 60 minute inner track border, original cobalt blue steel Spade-tip hands and a finely engraved Florentine inner dial, what detail! Signed BULOVA below the 12 and embossed SWISS at the dial base.
The glass crystal is in great condition, removed in some photos to avoid glare. The finely engraved, hinged back case is a 14 Karat Solid White Gold and in excellent PLUS condition.
The highlight of the bezel has to be the Four Sapphires & 2 Diamonds, all secure and complete. The top right sapphire has a hairline across the center but this is not noticeable without a magnifying loupe. The original cabochon sapphire winding crown is excellent as well, winding and setting smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent condition with a floral border and no personal engraving or wear. Peeking inside via the secure hinged back case (opens and closes perfectly), I find a fully serviced and high grade tonneau shaped Fifteen Jewel, manual wind movement signed Bulova Watch Co., SWISS, [Caliber] 6AF, Fifteen 15 Jewels, Four 4 Adj.. There is also a Crescent Moon date code, indicating a 1928 production date.
The inside of the case lid is signed PAT. JUNE 10, 1924, 14K. As any Bulova collector knows, this is a very common Bulova Patent stamp and date, making this a triple-signed timepiece.
Fully serviced, this superb timepiece winds and sets very smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a 10mm matte black leather strap with matching color buckle that will fit a wrist 5-1/4 inches to 6-3/4 inches in size. Folks, this is an excellent example of a quintessential 1920s timepiece. Being solid gold and from Bulova makes it that much nicer, blending Swiss engineering with American Art Deco design.
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- Watch sizes: I provide exact case measurements in millimeters (the watch industry standard) and inches, and include a U.S. quarter in one photo as a size reference. Draw the measurements on paper to help visualize the watch on your wrist. Remember, watches for men made from the 1910s to 1970s were noticeably smaller than what is considered normal today.
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- 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, in NYC) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
- If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add me as one of your favorite sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s to the 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.
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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.
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