Bulova 1942 Bruce

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.802
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Symbol: 
T
Movement Model: 
10AX
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
2120853
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Domed Glass
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1942 Arnold by all indicators. Nice domed crystal and slight curvature of back.  Very minimal case wear with no brassing. Some toning of face and loss of minute markings around perimeter. Keeping perfect time. Odd mark on caseback in photo is a piece of fuzz, not an abrasion.

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1942 Bulova watch
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jabs
Posted June 9, 2017 - 8:20am

Panel Member

Agree with Arnold, I´ve similar one

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 9, 2017 - 8:32am

Hi Jabs, I looked at yours and all others in the database; and also at "Normans " from the same time frame. Interesting that there appears to be 2 faces used (based on the bottom of the "2's"). It seems that mine has the 1942 Norman face that then re-appears in later years on the Arnold. Yours has the sculpted bottom 2's, mine has the flat. Which model name came first, any idea?

jabs
Posted June 9, 2017 - 11:31am

Panel Member

Norman has 17 jewels while Arnold 15

neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 9, 2017 - 11:38am

Yes, confirmed and acknowledged. My observation is about the different number styles on the faces; and how the 2 seem to be interchangeable between the 2 watches.

Andersok
Posted June 9, 2017 - 1:29pm

Panel Member

I think this one is the Bruce model with engraved curved case and 15 jewels

Also very similar to the Dean w/o engraving

neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 9, 2017 - 1:41pm

Good call, Ken; I never considered (or saw) a Bruce. What if anything differentiates a 15J Bruce from a 15J Arnold; the band?

Andersok
Posted June 9, 2017 - 8:51pm

Panel Member

The case design of the Arnold is just completely different from the Bruce, and I think the Bruce has more curvature than does the Arnold and is thicker.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 9, 2017 - 9:32pm

Thanks for the explanation and link Ken. The photos of your Arnold in the database make it pretty obvious. I have to agree and believe you are correct; it's a Bruce.

mybulova_admin
Posted June 9, 2017 - 11:50pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm in agreeance with it being a 1942 Bulova Bruce. The adverts for this model in the following years show how the model changed design a number of times.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 10, 2017 - 7:18am

Club 5000Panel Member

Bruce it is, and a very nice looking one at that.