Bulova 1945 Cadet

Submitted by Bob Bruno on March 22, 2010 - 12:13pm
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After seeing the 1944 Montgomery Ward ad listed on this site, I've decided to change the model from Aviator to Cadet. This is the most conclusive proof I've seen as to which model this is. Thanks to Jerin for providing the ad and Stephen for posting it.  NOTE: The dial on this watch has been refinished and the numbers on the sub dial were left off by the refinishing CO. This seems to have added to the confusion as to the model of the watch.      Confirmed with 1944 Montgomery Ward ad


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Wayne Hanley
Posted January 13, 2011 - 1:46pm


The 1944 ad is close, but take a look at the sub seconds dial, it has a numbered sub seconds bit. Your watch does not have numbers in the sub seconds bit. Your watch matches the Cambridge watch ad of 1946 detail for detail, no numbers in the sub seconds bit.  


Bob Bruno
Posted January 13, 2011 - 2:23pm

Wayne, I had the dial refinished an unfortuatly they left out the numbers for the sub dial. here is a photo of the original dial.

Posted February 2, 2011 - 5:25pm

In reply to by Bob Bruno

That explains everything. The only difference I saw between your watch and mine (picture on the first page of this thread) was that yours was missing the numbers on the bottom dial. Glad to hear you guys were able to pin it down to being a Cadet. Now if only I can figure out why I have a 17J 10BC movement when the others are 15. I've got my watch cleaned up and replaced the original strap with a new one. When I get back home in a couple weeks I'll post it on the website.


Wayne Hanley
Posted January 13, 2011 - 2:25pm

Cadet it is!!!


Bob Bruno
Posted January 13, 2011 - 2:34pm

In reply to by Wayne Hanley

Thanks Wayne always good to get confirmation.

Wayne Hanley
Posted February 19, 2011 - 2:14am


It took you long enough to change your watch from Aviator to Cadet. I bet you are glad you did!

Item condition:
Feb 18, 201113:12:29 PST
Bid history:
Winning bid:
US $380.00

1950 Vintage Bulova USA "CADET" 10BM 17j Thin Men Dress

Ended: Feb 18, 2011 312:29 PST

eBay Item No. 190500018977

Excellent Condition Cadets are going up!!!



Bob Bruno
Posted February 19, 2011 - 2:40am

In reply to by Wayne Hanley

380.00 for a Cadet!! Who hoo well then that prooves it mine is a Cadet :-)


Wayne Hanley
Posted April 29, 2011 - 3:02am


With the research done so far we know your watch was a cadet. But now it has the markings of a Cambridge. To avoid confusion to anyone trying to research a Cadet/Cambridge/Bruce/Lieutent make a note to the effect in the description that the dial was redone & and numbers were omitted from the seconds chapter. Or rename the watch to Cambridge. 

Bob Bruno
Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:05am

Wayne, That's a good idea I'll take care of it.

Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:16am

Hey, guys, take a look at this post regarding these models:  http://www.mybulova.com/node/2273

The first ad we have for the Cambridge is dated 1946.  Could have been around before that, but we don't know.  We do know that the Cadet was around before 1945 (date of the subject watch), and it came with at least two dial variations--one with numbers in the seconds track and one without (per the 1943 ads).  So, you're redial is consistent with at least one known variation of the pre-1945 Cadet.