History of Bulova watches
From the days when the only watches available where the sun set the time on a pocket watch, and to this day, people have always been obsessed with keeping track of time. Like any other profession, the watch industry has worked hard to improve the methods it uses and the quality of the products it markets. The general public has seen watches transition from traditional spiral and wheel balancing technology to more advanced quartz and eventually to the creation of purely digital timepieces. Each advance was designed to outperform the competition and bring people the best in wristwatches.
There have been many famous watch companies and makers, but one of the most famous is Bulova Watch Company. Over the years, this company has built a reputation for luxury and precision in its watch products. A little backstory makes the story that much more interesting. As with many companies, the history of the Bulova watch company begins modestly. A young man named Joseph Bulova opens a humble little jewelry store in New York City on Maiden Lane. The year is 1875 and he is a 23-year-old Czech immigrant to the United States. Business is progressing well, but nothing to get excited about until 1911 when this young entrepreneur starts making and selling bedroom and table clocks, and finely crafted pocket watches. The public reacts positively to new items and the sales boom at an astonishing rate.
The Bulova Watch Company did not stop there. Its owner knew a good thing when he saw it and in 1912, the first plant dedicated to the production of his incredible watches was opened in Bienne, Switzerland. This plant focused on the production of the watch components and the placement of the sets in the jeweled final movements. All of this took place before the advent of the conventional wristwatch, as we know it today.
Mr. Bulova didn’t have to wait long. With the beginning of World War I, the popularity of wristwatches, as opposed to pocket watches, took off. It was much easier for the troops to have their watches literally close at hand than to hide them in a pocket. Once again, the Bulova Company was there to provide what the public demanded. Joseph Bulova went one step further and designed a line of men’s watches with jewel cases. Considering that her first passion was jewelry, it makes sense that she made this groundbreaking move. It was the year 1919 and the world posed for more extravagant watches.
As the story tells us, the path from this point for Mr. Bulova and his company is paved with gold. In 1923, the name Bulova Watch Company, Inc. was created.The world of watchmaking was once again revolutionized with the beginning of a precision clockwork manufacturing system that makes each Bulova watch compatible with any other watch brand or model bracelet Bulova. In other words, watch repair became much simpler and more profitable because repair personnel could use any part of any Bulova watch to repair another. That kind of attention to detail has never been seen before.
Just a year later, Bulova Watch Company finally remembers the ladies. It presents a full line of ladies’ watches with diamond accents. They were the “roaring twenties” and the people of the time were interested in luxury and beautiful things. A Bulova watch fit the bill perfectly.
The Bulova Watch Company continued to take advantage of the events happening around it and made sure to keep up to date. For example, to honor Charles Lindbergh’s famous solo transatlantic flight, the company produced a series of Lone Eagle watches packaged with an image of the famous pilot. The company ships 5,000 of these commemorative watches. The supply ran out in 3 days. In total, 50,000 Charles Lindbergh watches were sold. It was this kind of forward-thinking that made the company the great success that it was and is.
In 1935 the founder of the company, Joseph Bulova, died. Despite this sad event, the company continued its upward trajectory. In the early 1960s, the Bulova Watch Company’s biggest claim to fame was launched to the world. It was a totally unique watch called the Accutron. This watch was manufactured using tuning fork technology. It kept time better than anything ever made to date and was used on many NASA flights, including the famous Apollo expedition.
With such a productive and colorful history, it is no wonder that Bulova Watch Company continues to be such a stellar example of customer service and innovation in watchmaking.