Between 19, the watches may also feature 46, 47, 48 or 49 along with a symbol, signifying the manufacture year.Bulova watches that were manufactured from 1950 and later feature a two-digit code that signifies the manufacture decade and year.Joseph Bulova began manufacturing and selling watches in 1875 in Lower Manhattan.By 1919, Bulova had introduced a full collection of men's wristwatches.These must have been the first years that Bulova implemented it's new dating system. In 1875, Joseph Bulova, a Bohemian immigrant, started the J.
Arde Bulova "wished to repay, in some small measure, the sacrifice and service of returning disabled veterans after the Second World War."* The Bulova school helped train an entire generation of American watchmakers.
Bulova was an innovative company, and can be credited with many industry "firsts." They were the first watch or clock company to broadcast and advertise on the radio, and later became the first to show a commercial on television.
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).
Bulova Company in a store on Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan.
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.