Value of antique Bulova watches

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Value of antique Bulova watches
Bulova watches have a long history. (Getty creative)

Antique or vintage Bulova watches are affordable timepieces for the beginning collector. Prices range from about £65 for 1930s and 1940s tank-style, or rectangular, watches to more than the £650 for electronic 1960s Accutrons.

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The Bulova Watch Company was founded in 1875 to manufacture pocket watches. Wristwatches appeared during World War I. Ladies watches appeared in the mid-1920s.


Bulova’s most sought-after early watches are timepieces that feature finely engraved Art Deco and Art Nouveau touches on silver and gold-filled cases.

Early Bulova Valuations

Pre-1950s Bulovas featuring Arabic numerals and seconds-hand subdial can start at about £65 depending on the condition, with two-tone dials, cases featuring Art Deco designs and rose-gold cases selling for up to £520.

1950s Changes

The 1950s-era Bulovas transitioned from tank-style to round dials. Their timeless, understated dials remain contemporary for practical daily wear.

Postwar Pricing

The larger 32mm dials and contemporary styling of the postwar models boost prices upwards from £130 to £325.


The electronic Accutron is historically significant due to its technology, serving as a bridge between the mechanical and electronic movements in the 1960s. Some Accutrons command more than £650. The movement is the mechanism that runs the watch.

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