Bulova 1940 Engineer

Submitted by Terry K. on October 19, 2011 - 12:19pm
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Domed 22X16mm
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Hi All,

I believe this is a variant of the "Engineer". This is as close as I could come. 1941 ad shows one nearly identical, but with Roman numerals. This has the two tone case and the other may not. Movent maeked "AAA" also. Crystal is acrylic. Case is Bulova10K Rose Gold Filled 



19 Oct 11

Terry K 1939 Bulova Engineer 11 24 2014
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
Posted May 14, 2012 - 8:48am

Anyone know a crystal ref number for these? Be damned if I can find one. Cheers

Posted May 14, 2012 - 10:31am

I have an SUC RMU 80-20  labeled 'ENGINEER' which measures 20.7 x 20.5 but, it certainly does not look as if it would fit this bezel.

Posted May 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

This measures around 22.2 x 16.6

Posted May 14, 2012 - 3:35pm

In reply to by GVP


Is the crystal military or flat? it looks like it is curved from top to bottom and flat from side to side.


Posted May 14, 2012 - 3:43pm

Hi, it is curved both ways. nearest i could find was the mx345-18 but it is too long. It is a thin crystal, not high sided

Posted May 14, 2012 - 4:54pm

My earliest catalogs that should have the "Engineer" listed in them don't. The closest crystals I've found are the BB MX2216 & the SUC RMS140-25 which are for the same case. The MX2216 is designatd for the "Clay" and the RMS140-25 doesn't specify a model.

Nominally, the MX2216 measures 22.1x16.6 and the RMS140-25 measures 22.2x16.5. But, whether they are correct for this case depends on the degree of curvature of the bezel and the only way to know for sure is to physically match the crystal to either the case or an old crystal.

Mark, I think your RMU80-20 is for a later Engineer that is tonneau shaped.

William Smith
Posted May 17, 2012 - 3:59am

I don't see a 1941 ad for any Engineer.  1942 ad below.

Nova has both a yellow and red gold 1939 similar to subject Engineer.

...and Terry describes subject watch as having two-tone case?

Posted May 17, 2012 - 4:08am

In reply to by William Smith

The model I have is a two tone case as well White GF lugs and rose GF case. A stunning look. It is exactly like the subject watch, dial and all. Must have a different name to the engineer i'm sure.

Posted June 14, 2012 - 11:28am

In reply to by GVP

Further to this I now have both models in hand. An all rose gold fill model with the two tone dial, and the rose case/white lug combo with the copper dial, this has the same movement too as the subject watch, even the AAA marking. Both these date to 1940 and have 21j movements.  I will try and photo these together in the next few days.