Bulova 1936 Commentator

1/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Manufacture Year: 
1936
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
8660062
Case shape: 
Stepped
Additional Information: 

Vintage BULOVA ‘COMMENTATOR’

Not For Sale
Jim Townsend 1938 Bulova 03 09 2015
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plainsmen
Posted March 8, 2015 - 2:36pm

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Or a Lone Eagle?  What year was the name change?

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William Smith
Posted March 8, 2015 - 5:59pm

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I don't remember.  I think we have other ads similar to above, but with engraving on verticle bezel by 1933?  And none of those have that dial either?

Jim Townsend
Posted March 8, 2015 - 2:44pm

Migtht be a  Lone Eagle as it is 17 jewel and the commentator's i have seen are 15 jewel

jabs
Posted March 8, 2015 - 3:02pm

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Right,  I just wanted to give here this advert :)

Lone Eagle

Jim Townsend
Posted March 8, 2015 - 5:12pm

So it is a Lone Eagle???

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William Smith
Posted March 8, 2015 - 5:52pm

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1936 (square) movement in a 1938 case.

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bobbee
Posted March 8, 2015 - 6:46pm

1938 = "Commentator".

That's when we first see ads for it, so anything before then is a LE.

We have two ID'd as Commentator, one 1937, one 1936, both wrong I think.

This would be the first with a correct date.

Edit- but a wrong  jewel count.

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William Smith
Posted March 8, 2015 - 7:06pm

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At least three 1938 Commentator ads in full database.  Ad 1.  Ad 2.  
Snippet from Ad 2 below left, and Ad 1 center, with Jim's watch far right.
                  

 

Jim Townsend
Posted March 9, 2015 - 3:16am

These say 15 jewles and subject watch is 17 jewles. So is it a movement swap?

jabs
Posted March 9, 2015 - 4:38am

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swap movements is also possible, but I do not know what you have against LE advert, for me the shape of case is same and number of jewels matches