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Bulova 1939 Captain

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1939

Movement Symbol: 

Shield

Movement Model: 

7AP

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

9154837

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Rectangle

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

I picked up this interesting watch this week.  Think it might be a Captain but not 100% sure.  The dial is different but I like it.  It reads B-10K gold filled on the back.  The band may not be original but goes well with the watch.  Nice inscription on the back reads From Mother and Dad To Son.  Thanks.

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted September 9, 2018 - 9:43pm

Nice one Kathy, don't believe I've ever seem one before.  Ad appears to be a match. If confirmed, it's another first for the Db.

Based on the ad, the band appears to be different, but a nice aesthetic match to the watch. I like it.

1939 Bulova Captain works for me

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Kathy L.
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Posted September 9, 2018 - 9:51pm

Thanks Bob.  The band looks like it is the right era but not an original match.  It is a bit worn but still in usable condition : )

jabs
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 6:07am

1939 Bulova Captain, nice

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Kathy L.
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 9:30am

Thanks jabs : )

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Andersok
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 11:27am

Another possibility is the Admiral, 1940 ad. They look identical, and neither shows a dial similar to yours. I like the green tint of this dial. Either works for me, so Captain from 1939.

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Kathy L.
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 12:25pm

Thanks Ken, it is a unique color to the dial, I quite like it too.

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 12:08pm

We have 2 ads in the Db from Nov. 1939 referring to this as "Captain". Ads then start calling it "Admiral" in 1940.

I think we are seeing a "promotion in rank". There are 3 Admirals in the Db, all dated 1940 and no Captains.

If watch was dated 1940, I would vote Admiral .  With the 1939 date corresponding ads I would definitely call it

1939 Bulova Captain.

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Kathy L.
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Posted September 10, 2018 - 12:26pm

I would agree with that.  Must have been a name change in 1940.

Geoff Baker
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Posted September 11, 2018 - 4:36am

Captain it is! Cool watch

1939 Bulova Captain

A thought - Why not NAME your son? 

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted September 11, 2018 - 6:09am

It's possible it was such an expensive and special gift (in 1939)  that it was engraved generic so it could pass from father to son over generations as a family heirloom. Hand it to your "son" and say: "When your first born son gets married, you and your wife pass  it on to him and explain it's significance". Just a random thought...