Under Joseph Bulova's guidance, Bulova became a world-leader in the mass production of reliable, good-quality wristwatches.
Bulova sold relatively few pocket watches (compared to their huge production of wristwatches), though they did produce a few basic pocket watch models in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
Begun as a wholesale jeweler, the company produced small table clocks and good-quality pocket watches, By 1912, driven by the increased demand for wristwatches, Bulova built a factory in Bienne, Switzerland that was capable of mass-producing fully-jeweled wristwatch movements in large numbers.
For the most part, these movements were cased and timed in the USA before shipment to retailers.
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).
One of Bulova's most significant contributions to the world of horology was the creation of the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking, founded in 1945 by Joseph Bulova's son Arde Bulova (then Chairman of the Board).
Facilities included a medical department on school premises which housed an infirmary, dispensary and exercise room.
The services of a physician, physical therapist, full-time registered nurse and a "physical medicine consultant" were provided free to the students.
Continue Reading Bulova watches that were manufactured between 19 feature a symbol on the watch case that identifies the manufacture date.
Symbols include circles, squares and triangles, among others, and some symbols were used to indicate multiple manufacture years.
The dates codes started in 1948 with"A8" and carried on in sequence with a few exceptions , they missed O out I suppose because of the confusion with zero and then missed "Q, R and S" out for what reason I don't know maybe someone at bulova just didn't like those letters , after 1999 to my knowledge they reverted back to the "A" series numbers again I'm not a 100% percent sure but I had a very modern quartz bulova which clearly beared a date code of "A0" so that's what I'm baseing it on Please remember that this is just an approximate guide and can not be used as a 100% accurate outlook as per how old your watch might be.
Should you require a more conclusive valuation of your time piece then please do not hesitate to To determine the approximate age of your watch, the serial number should be located either on the case back or on the inside of the watch stamped oto the movement Simply match up the number on the watch to the nearest number on this page to determine the APPROXIMATE age.
Joseph Bulova began manufacturing and selling watches in 1875 in Lower Manhattan.