Bulova 1945 American Eagle

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Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6851010
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
rectangle 17mm x 21mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

This watch was in my fathers things I went through after his passing. The watch is rectangular in a "10K gold filled" case, stamped on back, and also on back, opposite side is "6851010". The crystal had come loose and was taped on. The face has some discoloration but all there. The 3 hands, hour, minutes, and small second hand at bottom of face, are there and it will run for short periods but stops soon after. The band is brown leather with "GEMFX calf" stamped on back of band.  The movement has "21 jewels" stamped on it and a rectangle with "7AK" inside of it and a small square. Scratched inside the case back is "8-18-50" with a large flourish. under that is scratched "E9/17/54B" I am exicited to learn all I can about this watch, it could be my grandfathers, it's age will give me more clues.

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jabs
Posted August 30, 2018 - 3:40pm

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I think we are looking at 1946 Bulova American Eagle, reasons I see the same as with another watch in database

here is advert from 1946

plainsmen
Posted August 30, 2018 - 4:48pm

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I'm leaning towards Statesmen.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 30, 2018 - 11:59pm

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Hi Mark - welcome to myBulova, heirloom watches are very exciting to me, how fortunate you are to have this one from you grandfather. Between the square date code symbol and the leading "6" serial number I'm going to suggest your watch is 1946. I think the lugs (part where the band attaches) are more like American Eagle than Statesman.

1946 Bulova American Eagle

 

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Kathy L.
Posted August 31, 2018 - 11:03am

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Congratulations on this lovely heirloom from your father and welcome to myBulova!  Based on the lugs I will go with American Eagle as well.

1946 Bulova American Eagle

mybulova_admin
Posted August 31, 2018 - 10:21pm

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Mark, can you please post another closer photo of the front case? It's tricky to determine the exact style from the photo provided. Thanks!

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted September 3, 2018 - 3:39pm

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Hi Mark, Based on transition from lugs to case, date code and s/n; I'm in agreement with the ID of

1946 American Eagle.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 4, 2018 - 10:45am

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1946 American Eagle works for me as well.

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Andersok
Posted September 4, 2018 - 12:53pm

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It would appear to be the American Eagle based on the lug sides being straight (not curved inward like the Statesman) and without the 90 degree notch around the crystal corners (like we see in the Director). The watch may have had an expansion band originally, as the ads do not show a strap option and only specify expansion; however the leather strap that it currently has looks period, but perhaps should have Bulova stamped on it if original.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 5, 2018 - 10:21am

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I heard a story from a retired jeweller and watchmaker, he said customers oftentimes would ask to have the expansion bands removed on new watches at point of sale, and a leather one substituted. Apparently, at some point the expansion bands started to lose favour, or maybe it was before they became popular? I do get asked to change a new band myself, but not very often. Expansion bands have become more popular in the past few years and some watch companies  have restored them as options on their models.