In 1875, Joseph Bulova immigrated to American and at the age of 19, he opened his own jewelry store called J. Bulova on Manhattan Lane in the heart of New York City’s jewelry industry. He quickly distinguished himself with the quality and artistry of his work.
Due to a growing demand, Joseph Bulova established his first plant committed to the production of jeweled wristwatch movements in Switzerland in 1912. Fabricating fine timepieces via assembly line, Bulova established a standardization never before seen in the world of horology. In 1919, Bulova debuted its first-ever complete line of men’s jeweled wristwatches, advertising across America with an iconic visual style to match its product.
In 1920, the Bulova Observatory was constructed in Midtown Manhattan to ensure accurate measurement of astral time. The facility was the first of its kind atop a skyscraper. Readings were taken by mathematicians on the top floor were delivered to setting and timing units below, which used the data to accurately set all of the company’s timepieces.
Following a victory in World War II, the Bulova School of Watchmaking was opened. Combining specified training and dedicated job placement, the institution offered disabled soldiers a means of tuition-free rehabilitation near Bulova headquarters in Woodside, Queens. After returning from the war, our very own Mr. Edward H. Snow attended in 1946.
Bulova continues to be a leader in the watches industry, introducing new designs twice a year while integrating the latest in timepiece technology. Below are some of the most current designs from the 2014.