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Overview of the Bulova Corporation

Founded in 1875, the Bulova Corporation is headquartered in New York and is part of the American-owned and operated Loews Corporation.

The Bulova Story

The realization of a great American dream began in 1875 when Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old immigrant from Bohemia, opened a small jewelry store on Maiden Lane in New York City. This modest enterprise was to evolve into one of today's preeminent watch and clock companies. In 1911, Bulova began manufacturing boudoir and desk clocks, along with fine pocket watches, which he made and sold in unprecedented numbers. During World War I, wristwatches were issued in the military for their greater convenience. Returning veterans brought home the new fashion and a new market emerged. Bulova already had sufficient production facilities and a mastery of jewelry design, so his company introduced the first full line of men's jeweled wristwatches in 1919. It was followed by the industry's first full line of ladies wristwatches with radio's first commercials, broadcast nationally in 1926: "At the tone, it's 8 P.M., B-U-L-O-V-A Bulova watch time." two years later, Bulova introduced the world's first clock radio.

In 1931, Bulova conducted the watch industry's first million-dollar advertising campaign. And through the Depression years, Bulova supported retailers by offering Bulova watches to buyers on time-payment plans. As the next decade began, Bulova aired the first TV commercial. A simple picture of a clock and a map of the United States, it preceded a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game on July 1, 1941, and proclaimed , "America runs on Bulova time" By then, Arde Bulova, Joseph Bulova's son, was also producing timepieces for the military. With the U.S. entry into World War II, the Bulova factories immediately put their perfected mass-production techniques and skilled craftsmen to work on precision military equipment. Bulova provided the U.S. government with military watches, specialized timepieces, aircraft instruments, critical torpedo mechanisms and fuses. At the war’s end, the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking opened its doors to help disabled veterans become self-sufficient.

In recent decades, Bulova timepieces have kept official time aboard Air Force One, and Bulova products have repeatedly been awarded to visiting dignitaries as Presidential Gifts of State. Bulova has also served as America’s official watch to the U.S. Olympic team.

Year after year, having satisfied customers for over a century, Bulova continues its tradition of growth and innovation. Today Bulova remains a totally U.S. –owned company, enjoying the financial resources and management support of Loews Corporation. As a result, Bulova now offers the widest range of styles in its long history. With over a century of technological leadership and service, Bulova is among America’s most recognized names.


Bulova’s award-winning collection of classic and contemporary clocks is produced with strict adherence to Bulova’s quality standards, each clock features:

  • A one-year warranty.
  • A state-of-the-art precision movement. The quartz, battery operated chime and standard movement are guaranteed to be accurate to within three minutes a year. Bulova keywind mechanical movements are produced in Europe to the exacting standards of master clock makers.
  • The finest quality materials including carefully selected wood, solid brass, lead crystal, imported marble, porcelain and leather.
  • Attention to design and engineering details. Bulova Clocks are distinguished by their precision movements, painstakingly assembled wood cases, engraved dials, flawless finishes and unique design
  • Bulova clocks span a range of styles and forms with unmatched artistry and technological excellence.

  • Licensed Products

    Combining Bulova’s reputation for technological excellence with the proven charm of cherished trademarks designs gives the Licensed Products Collection truly unique market appeal. Instantly recognizable, the Frank Lloyd Wright, and Harley-Davidson make particularly memorable gifts, while attracting both budding connoisseurs and established collectors.

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is recognized as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. Using innovations in design and engineering made possible by newly developed technology and materials, his work heralded a new thinking in architecture, stressing “organic” structures in harmony with their natural surroundings.

    Bulova’s award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright Collection honors this American genius with an exceptional group of clocks including tabletop an wall models, as well as a number of uniquely stylish watches. Each style is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Decorative Designs Collection, certified by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona.


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