Antique or vintage Bulova watches are affordable timepieces for the beginning collector. Prices range from about $100 for 1930s and 1940s tank-style, or rectangular, watches to more than the $1,000 for electronic 1960s Accutrons.
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 $100 depending on the condition, with two-tone dials, cases featuring Art Deco designs and rose-gold cases selling for up to $800.
The 1950s-era Bulovas transitioned from tank-style to round dials. Their timeless, understated dials remain contemporary for practical daily wear.
The larger 32mm dials and contemporary styling of the postwar models boost prices upwards from $200 to $500.
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 $1,000. The movement is the mechanism that runs the watch.