Bulova 1940 Pocket Watch

Submitted by SgtJCJ on June 30, 2014 - 11:32pm
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Hey all again. After finding the last one, I had to buy the brother of another mother. Now I have the white and black dial. Hopefully, a definitive answer will come soon as to the watch name, etc.  in any case, this one is ticking away and is keeping great time. 

SgtJCJ 1940 Bulova Pocket watch 08 30 2014
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
Posted July 1, 2014 - 12:27am

Another fine watch, sarge.

1939 pocket watch.

That "horseshoe" mark is not a date mark, the shield one is for 1939.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 1, 2014 - 5:59am

Hmmm, I believe I detect early onset Bulovitis. It might be too late to stop the spread of the disease but it seems as if you've caught the Bulova bug. Not sure there's a cure ( hey mister...wanna buy a watch?).

I agree with Bob - this should be dated using the shield. Seeing two in a row with what you call a 'horseshoe' I'm beginning to wonder if there might be a significance to that mark. I think as a panel we have to consider the possibility that p/w movement came out of a different factory or production line and that mark might 'want to be' an omega. Pure speculation a this point.

I would label this same as the other - "Pocket Watch" . I sure wish we had names for these beauties.

Nice snag Sgt, thanks for sharing it. You have the ying / yang now!

Reverend Rob
Posted July 1, 2014 - 9:24am

I like the bUlova pocket watches, and this is an excellent example.

I'd like to add my usual caution here:

If you plan to run the watch, I strongly recommend getting it serviced by a certified watchmaker. This is not an oiling, which I see all too often, but a full disassembly and cleaning with proper lubrication and demagnetisation with regulation and adjustment. A dry and/or dirty watch can and will destroy itself, sometimes in surprisingly little time. Before I went to watchmaking school, I had an NOS dive watch that self-destructed in a little over three months. 

Posted July 1, 2014 - 10:17am

For peace of mind for you all, I have to add a couple things. 

1.  I only ran it up to check it. It will be getting a full disassembly, inspection, cleaning and oiling.

2.  I will admit it, as this is the first step...to recovery?  I am addicted. However, I am not sure it is a bad disease.  More like a vaccination so I can build a tolerance to bad watches.  Yeah, that's it.  And it's not only Bulovas, I also have 5 Elgins and a Rockford. I blame it on my wife. She bought me my first one for our anniversary. After that....

keep the inputs coming. Anxiously awaiting more info as it's discovered. 


Posted July 1, 2014 - 1:45pm

I like these high grade Bulova movements, six adjustments and just look at the smaller bridges, how they follow an eye-pleasing curve. Lovely!

With the pair, I would get a "wristlet" to wear them in.