Bulova 1940 Alderman

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on September 14, 2018 - 7:02pm
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1940 Alderman with rose gold case, copper face and rose gold Speidel replacement band. I purchased this based on photos that made it look like yellow gold, plus it was filthy with what looked like mucilage glue over about 50% of the surfaces. I thought I was buying a Stamford with a dirty dial (same case in yellow gold) what a surprise.

Band is an early 60's replacement and a perfect color match. It's not ad correct, but works for me, love the rose bands. Many jeweler's marks in the case, the latest identifiable one is from 1983.

Great engraving on the back.

1940 Bulova Alderman watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted September 14, 2018 - 7:06pm

Just for fun, this is where watch originated. Based on who I purchased it from, this is without a doubt where it was awarded. Photo is circa 1940.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 15, 2018 - 10:32am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

We lived in Detroit area for almost twenty years, maybe 7 or 8 miles from where that building stood (it's been gone for decades). Royal Oak and it's tiny neighbor Clawson are a couple of the trendiest areas on Detroit's East Side. My wife and I spent LOT's of time in Royal Oak. My son attended a High School in Royal Oak.

PS - Stephen, we had moved to Shelby Township by the time you and Maria (and Lilyana and Miguel) visited.

Posted September 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Very cool, Geoff. What do you suppose the odds are of me randomly finding and then posting a watch that is geographically and historically connected to another panel member with neither of us living even remotely close to each other or location noted?

Kathy L.
Posted September 14, 2018 - 8:50pm

Oh what a neat inscription.  And nice job cleaning it up!  I love anything rose gold so I don't blame you for keeping the band on it.  Intersting the ad says red gold.

1940 Bulova Alderman

Posted September 14, 2018 - 11:23pm

I always wondered what the difference was between, Rose, Red and Coral?

Varying degrees of alloy mixture?

1940 Bulova Alderman for me too, with bonus points for the inscription.

Posted September 15, 2018 - 9:22am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

You are correct. While the names Red, Rose, Coral and Pink gold are often used interchangeably, the difference is the copper and silver content in the alloy. The more copper introduced, the redder the resulting gold. Examples:

  • 18K red gold: 75% gold, 25% copper
  • 18K rose gold: 75% gold, 22.25% copper, 2.75% silver
  • 18K pink gold: 75% gold, 20% copper, 5% silver
  • 12K red gold: 50% gold and 50% copper.
  • 18K Yellow gold: 75% gold, 12.5% copper, 12.5% silver
  • 18K Yellow (darker) gold: 75% gold, 15% copper, 10% silver

I like inscribed watches, it adds to the story and gives historical character; especially when you can "put a face" on the inscription. They become personal and not just a generic inanimate object.

Posted September 15, 2018 - 6:22am

1940 Bulova Alderman is good vote

Geoff Baker
Posted September 15, 2018 - 10:32am

1940 Bulova Alderman