Bulova 17J grade 9AT wrist watch #332661, vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel bridge-style movement, silver-toned metal dial with fancy black-outlined Arabic-style numbers with luminous filling, a fancy black imitation double sunk (DS) accent border and a subsidiary seconds register, dial has a number of light brush marks across the surface with no serious defects but it looks as if it was an aggressive cleaning that left some streaks along with fading out the luminosity on the paint fill in the numbers, blue steel skeletonized hands with luminous inserts, hands have a bit of patina and a few of the small panels of luminous material are missing.
Impressive rectangular white gold filled (WGF) & enamel "The Curtis" model Bulova case with smooth polish frame and back accented with a line of laurel-design engraving along the sides, front bezel is fully engraved with a deep laurel-design that is broken up by sections of engraved floral designs accented with black enamel, short heavy extended lugs, removeable anti-magnetic base metal movement cradle with a yellowed plastic movement dust cover, likely the original to the watch, case is showing light even wear overall with some moderate wear and discoloration on the base metal movement cradle and a few small spots of brass starting to show on the bezel, measures approx. 24mm wide x 36mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included), lightly padded black leather strap.
This watch also comes with a blue leatherette box with a dark blue velvet and fabric interior, box is good overall condition however some of the velvet on the interior is pulling away from the fitted bracelet ring. A very high quality and distinctive vintage Bulova wrist watch from the 1920s in excellent condition overall!
- Year Made: 1928-1929
- Jewels: 1117J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 9AT
- Serial #: 332661
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, luminous numbers
- Hand Style:
skeletonized - luminous
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - White, Base Metal - Silver/White, Enamel
- Case Details: enamel accents, Gruen "The Curtis" model
Case Width, without crown:
24mm (0.94 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
36mm (1.42 inches)
10mm (0.39 inches)
Interior Lug Width:
7in. to 7.99in.
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Box Info: blue leatherette box
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of June 5th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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