Clock of Ages: Bulova celebrates its 100-plus years as a clock maker

Posted by Carol Besler on Aug 22, 2014 4:22:23 AM

Bulova is so known as one of the world’s premier watch companies that few are aware of its roots as one of America’s longstanding makers of clocks. The company was founded in 1875 in New York City, long before the wristwatch was invented, and soon became a respected name in mechanical clockworks and ornate, decorative clocks for the home.

Since its founding, the company has remained at the forefront of technology in the field of clock making, for which it has won numerous awards. Among Bulova’s notable innovations was the world’s first clock radio in 1928, as well as some of the earliest known electric clocks, beginning in 1931. Bulova also created one of the world’s first photo-finish clocks, soon a mainstay at track events, called the Phototimer, in 1948.

Today, Bulova is a major manufacturer of precision wristwatches, with global distribution, but it has never stopped innovating as a clock maker. The company specializes in clocks for the home and office, with each designed as an important element of decor in addition to serving as a precision timing instrument. Bulova has created a clock style for every taste and budget, including wall clocks, mantle clocks, travel clocks, desk clocks and table clocks. Materials range from metals to hardwood, finished in a variety of ways, including a weathered vintage look, with decorative detailing. But the real magic lies in the chimes. Bulova chiming clocks are designed to announce the time in a choice of chimes and melodies that add a magical quality to the home or office. On the next few pages, we bring you a sneak peek at what’s new in the world of Bulova clocks.

The Stratford is from the Bulova Mantel Chime Collection. It is crafted of solid hardwood with a dark weathered stain, glass lens, antique brass-finish pendulum and accents, and has a metal dial with sandblast-finish frosted corner designs. It contains a Harmonic 2 triple-chime movement that plays a choice of Westminster, Ave Maria or Bim-Bam melodies on the hour, with a quarter-hour Westminster chime and strike, volume control and night shut-off. An engraving plate is included.

The St Louis, from the Bulova Mantel Chime Collection, has a Harmonic 2 triple-chime movement, playing a choice of Westminster, Ave Maria or Bim-Bam melodies on the hour. It is crafted of solid hardwood in a brown cherry finish with glass lens. An antiqued copper design on top coordinates with a raised front panel insert that can be removed for an oversized copper engraving plate, making it a perfect presentation gift. It also features a quarter-hour Westminster chime and strike, volume control, night shut-off and an additional standard engraving plate.

The Rowayton, from the Bulova Mantel Chime Collection, is crafted of solid hardwood with a brown cherry finish with a bronze-finish metal pendulum, case and hardware. The dial features large nautical-style numerals and a red sweep seconds hand, and is protected by a glass lens. The Harmonic 2 triple-chime movement plays a choice of Westminster, Ave Maria or Bim-Bam melodies on the hour, with a quarter-hour Westminster chime and strike, volume control and night shut-off. For added versatility, the tripod is adjustable.

The classically elegant Valeria, from the Bulova Tabletop Collection, features a gold-finish metal skeleton movement and pendulum, both of which are visible through glass inserts in the front and sides. It is crafted in solid wood with a high gloss finish over burl veneer and walnut stain, with contrasting matte black split columns and polished gold-finish inlaid accents, feet and capitals. It includes an engraving plate.

The perfectly antiqued Warrick III, from the Bulova Mantel Chime Collection, is crafted of solid wood and wood veneer with a weathered natural oak finish, an antique pewter-finish bezel ring and pendulum, and has a crackle-finish dial with Roman numerals. The Harmonic 2 triple-chime movement plays Westminster, Ave Maria or Bim-Bam melodies on the hour, with adjustable volume control and night shut-off. A quarter-hour Westminster chime and strike are available, and it includes a protective glass lens and an engraving plate.

The Mosaica, from the Bulova Wall Clock Collection, is distinguished by its individual mosaic case inserts and raised mosaic hour markers. It is crafted in metal with a burnished bronze finish and includes a protective glass lens.

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