Bulova “Lone Eagle” men’s Art Deco design wristwatch in 14K white gold fill with black enamel bezel, circa 1928.
Bulova’s most famous Art Deco design of the 1920s, the “Lone Eagle” has stylized eagle heads set in hard black enamel in each corner. Originally introduced around 1926 as the “Conqueror,” this model was renamed the “Lone Eagle” for Charles Lindbergh following his historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in May of 1927. It was priced at $50.00 in 1928. Lindbergh personally endorsed the watch and advertisements for the watch featured Lindbergh and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, quite prominently along with his testimonial. This example is in excellent condition, showing slight wear to the rhodium plating over the gold fill. Black enamel inlay is superb and complete. Hinged is superb, with a name engraving. Underside of lugs show some pitting. Case measures 32mm long and 26mm wide. Original dial is very good. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 17-jewel Bulova grade 9AN manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong. Comes with vintage Bulova gray leather strap.