Bulova 1946 Tuxedo

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.38125
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
7580499
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
BB MX2160 176
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

It's either a Craftsman or a Tuxedo, though I don't have the original band. I went with Tuxedo because of the contrasting color of the sub-seconds area.

Overall Length: 38mm

Width: 21mm

14KWG

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1946 Bulova Tuxedo
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NOVA
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:02pm

It would appear from your description that it is solid gold (correct?), in which case, I believe it would be the Tuxedo.

There is at least one ad in the database for the Tuxedo, so adding a supporting ad to your post should be do-able, and it would be a very good thing.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:09pm

Without the Solid Gold bracelet it becomes the 'less formal' 'CRAFTSMAN' according to the ads.

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DarHin
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:22pm

Yes, solid 14KWG. Will add the add.

In the '46 add it has the WG version with the matching bracelet only. Shouldn't this be a Tuxedo without the original bracelet? I read MANY threads over the past few days one of these in  which the members were debating this very thing. Was there ever a consensus?

NOVA
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:25pm

Here are the two 1946 ads for the Craftsman and Tuxedo.  I don't see any indication that the Tuxedo had a solid gold band.  Both ads read the same.  One is white, one is yellow, which, I believe, accounts for the price difference.  A solid gold band would cost a lot more than $100, even in 1946, IMO.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:26pm

* see post above.

The Watch itself is identical, the determining factor in its Name in this instance is the bracelet.

according to the ads

'TUX' is on a Solid Gold bracelet Lisa, hence the $100 price difference.

NOVA
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:29pm

The ad does not say that it has a solid gold bracelet.  Where are you getting that?  And, as I said above, I think a solid gold bracelet would cost a lot more than $100.  The watches are different colors of gold.

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:30pm

NOVA
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:35pm

Okay, you win. I just found an even better ad than that one, also from 1946.  It explains the Tuxedo A, Tuxedo B, Tuxedo C, Craftsman A, Craftsman B.  It also refers to the gold bracelet.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:39pm

(Y) explains the differences.

NOVA
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:39pm

Yep, that's the one.