Bulova 1939 -Unknown

Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
7AM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
9373712
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Domed Round
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

I picked this watch up this week to go with the other gray and black model I posted.  It is the same case as my Clara Barton with an 8mm lug width, gray hands, white second hand.  I am guessing an earlier model with a different name but similar purpose.  It is a little beat up but I think it adds to the story of a working watch like this would have been.  Interesting that it has a shield on the outside of the case as well.  Thanks for looking, probably an unknown model for now.

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plainsmen
Posted July 17, 2018 - 1:19am

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Wow... I don't think I've ever seen that watch in the tri-colored dial like that!  Such a nice find!  

I'm Unknown with a model name, but I'm betting it's something striking!

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Kathy L.
Posted July 17, 2018 - 11:08am

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Thank you, I was happy to find it : ) I just love these dials!

Geoff Baker
Posted July 18, 2018 - 6:12am

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....it never ceases to amaze me. Where has this one been for the last 80 years? How can it be that we've not seen one like it yet? There is a possibility that the dial was repainted in this fashion as a one off (notch). It could well be Unknown or perhaps considered Non-Conforming. Either way, it's a cool watch Kathy.

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Kathy L.
Posted July 18, 2018 - 4:08pm

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Thank you for your thoughts on it Geoff!

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Kathy L.
Posted July 18, 2018 - 3:00pm

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Here it is next to the other one I picked up.  Because they are so similar I am thinking a line of some sort?  Both 1939s.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 18, 2018 - 6:49am

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Very cool, nice find Kathy. Never seen one like it before. Could possibly be a repainted dial (notch), but an excellent one; detail is spot on and it looks to be all original Bulova components.

My gut feeling is it's real, and was targeted at such a small audience that it wasn't nationally advertised. I am leaning towards Unknown for now. Keep searching :o)

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Kathy L.
Posted July 18, 2018 - 11:29am

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Thank you Bob!  Because it so closely matches the design of my other one like this I am thinking a small batch as well.

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 18, 2018 - 11:07am

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I've seen notches on factory dials, across many brands. The notch doesn't necessarily indicate a re-dial, but the lack of a notch would indicate it isn't, if that makes any sense.

Am I seeing lume residue there, Kathy?

 

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Kathy L.
Posted July 18, 2018 - 11:30am

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Reverend Rob I do not notice any lume.  I need to think about that before taking them apart.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 21, 2018 - 7:52am

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Panel, any further comments?