Bulova 1940 Charles

Submitted by tshanno on August 9, 2020 - 1:19pm
Manufacture Year
1940
Movement Model
10AX
Movement Date Code
Asterisk
Movement Jewels
15
Case Serial No.
0896972
Case shape
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Preliminary diagnosis would be a 1940 Charles.

The movement is a 15 J 10AX which is consistent with the ones in the database.  The case back is marked "Bulova New York.  Its got a 10K rolled yellow gold plate bezel with a stainless back.

I hadn't actually realized how few of these there are in the database.  Its an interesting one.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted August 9, 2020 - 4:44pm

Nice one Tom! This is one we don't see very often, I agree it's a Charles.

Interesting the movement appears to be double stamped with an asterix and omega, indicating 1940 and 1941. Based on the double stamp, it's likely a year transition thing, so I'm inclined to date it as a 1940 going with the case serial number. It's possible they started re-stamping movements in late 1940 preparing for the new year and used some in late 1940. Without the 1940 stamp, I would be on the fence as to whether to call it a 1941.

1940 Charles

 

JimDon5822
Posted August 9, 2020 - 9:18pm

1940 Bulova Charles looks like a good match to me.  Noting the subtle difference in the second register. 

Geoff Baker
Posted August 10, 2020 - 6:55pm

Cool watch Tom - great snag - I would date it to 1941 Bulova Charles

plainsmen
Posted August 11, 2020 - 8:56am

Yup... the Charles.  I picked up one of these not to long ago.