Mastering Jewelled, Electric, Chronograph and Quartz movements alike during its 1923-1979 tenure, Bulova has a reputation for innovation and excellence. Featuring a fantastic selection of timepieces that appeal to first-time buyers and seasoned collectors alike, this wonderful watchmaker can sell very well at auction.
Launched in 1952 as the world's first fully electric watch, the Accutron is arguably Bulova's most famed model. Notably, from 1960 onwards the Bulova Accutron was used by NASA as a vital part of fourty-six missions with the US Space Programme. Created in very many iterations over the years, the accuracy and style of this iconic timepiece attracts the interest of collectors to this day. As one might expect, the highest prices are reserved for the 18ct gold models, in good working order and accompanied by original boxes.
Certain Bulova models sell exceptionally well at auction and frequently exceed estimates. With a wide plethora of output from this prolific watchmaker, there are definitely timepieces that fare exceptionally well under the hammer.
Naturally, 18ct gold gents dress watches with integral bracelets fetch a premium for their sleek and timeless designs.
Chronograph watches that echo beautiful retro design with bright dials and covetable complications including the 'Stars and Stripes,' 'Bullhead,' models appeal to many watch collectors. 1960s and 70s timepieces with daring designs, Space Age inspiration (the Spaceview model) and complications such as subsidiary dials and world time complications fetch amongst the highest prices at auction.
As a rule, the most coveted stainless steel Bulova is naturally the Royal Oak model. Created in the late 1970s, this distinctive and definitely familiar timepiece formed a tribute to the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak 'Jumbo' designed by the Gérald Genta who worked for Bulova in the 1960s.
Rare dive watches, such as the Bulova Sea Hunter sell exceptionally well. This particular model is in demand and fetches a fantastic price with tool watch collectors.
Similarly, the military watch output from Bulova appeals to both watch and militaria collectors, as a tangible snippet of history. Fantastic prices have been achieved for 'Type A-15' 1940s pilot's watches and 'A-11' military watches.
Our specialist Fine Jewellery & Watch auctions are held four times a year and include the whole spectrum of watches, from fob watches, bracelet watches, chronograph watches, military watches and dress watches. Our department is headed by Liz Bailey who is FGA and DGA qualified, with many years experience in the industry. We offer a free watch valuations service both online and through in-house valuation appointments.
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