Bulova 1948 -Unknown

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48 (A8)
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I have a beautiful rare 21 Jewel 1948 8AE Bulova 10k GF Gold watch. It is running but needs a cleaning. All of the gears turn and the watch will tick for minutes or hours then stop. The case is in good shape, it has the band. The crystal has a couple of very small scuffs.  the numerals are painted gold with a thin black outline. I am guessing it is a Dewey, Douglas, or His Excellency from the late 40s.


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1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
Posted January 15, 2015 - 11:35am

The 1945/48 Dewey face is the closest I have seen to this watch on an identified model. As you can see the 45 had no numbers around the sub dial, while the 48 does. That is why I am curious to see a 46 or 47 dewey face. Either way it is probably a form of a His Excellency SS or such. The problem with that theory is that most of the His Exc's I have seen have applied gold numbers not painted. 

If it weren't for seeing two of the same on this site I would chaulk it up to a custom job. 

Posted January 15, 2015 - 11:51am

I saw this on another string. Could it be an american?


bobbee wrote:

December 1946 ad.


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 7:56pm

It's not the "American" Tom. It's hard to tell from these newspaper ads, but the case is not the same as your watch. Your watch is definitely a model Bulova made because I've seen too many just like yours. The only problem is Bulova was making around 250 different models a year during this time period and we just don't have ads that show all them.

Posted January 15, 2015 - 9:44pm

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Yes the movement dates 1948 but it looks to me like the case dates 1949 by the Serial #. Stephen, can you add a zoom feature for reviewing the pics on MB. Even witm my glasses I sometimes have issues. I'm still sitting on Engineer though the date may change what we might find.

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William Smith
Posted January 15, 2015 - 11:24pm

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On most computer operating systems, under accessories there's a series of accessibility programs.  One of these is a "magnifying glass" function (or some similar wording).  You simply turn on that function, and assign a keystroke to use it.  In place of a mouse cursor, you get a magnifying glass which you can move around the screen with your mouse, and it does what your asking about. 

Posted January 15, 2015 - 10:12pm

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Douglas... variant dial.

Posted January 16, 2015 - 11:15am

Hi tomprbkins

Nice watch,

l agree with the panel though.

I dont think is a dewey. The sides on the front face of the bezel are more built up on a dewey. The bezel on yours is more like that of douglas