Bulova 1941 Nightingale

Submitted by DreamWeaver on June 9, 2012 - 4:36am
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Interesting Ladies Bulova watch. 1941 7AM(C) 17J. All original except I replaced the 7ADC GM13 hands with 7ADC GRd13 (looks rather cool I think...where else would I use them?) and put on a 7ADC red sweep second to replace the blue one - the fit wasn't very good after I took it off as I would have preferred the blue. I love these little old ladies watches with sweep seconds! Inside of case says Bulova New York so it's an authentic Bulova case. Strong runner. I'll leave the dial alone...it's too good of condition and besides...it's a waste of money to spend $35-$40 refinsihing a dial for a Ladies watch unless it's your Grandmothers! 

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Posted June 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

This is the "Nightingale" model.  The ad is from 1942 -

William Smith
Posted June 9, 2012 - 1:55pm

Sure looks like it to me.  Good find

Posted June 10, 2012 - 12:30am

The bad news is I have ruined one 7AM(C) movement on another watch and ruined this case too...all trying to get a new crystal on it! The first one I tried to "push" it on with thumb pressure (after giving up on a crsytal lift) and it apparently pushed the sweep center hand and pinion and crushed the lower 3rd wheel jewel! So I tried using a Bulova crystal press for this one...but the case is so fragile it simply bent the crystal support rim (inside case, under the bezel) and separated it from the case (its not a one-piece case!). So this watch is toast now! Well..the movement is fine, and the dial is fine, it's just the case that is ruined. I have no idea how you would get a new crystal on one of the these little, round ladies watches with 15mm diameter crystals...there's no way the crystal lifter will grab it and compress it...and every crystal press I've ever used is junk! Anyone have a suggestion for the future? 

Posted June 10, 2012 - 4:27am

You could try light use of very fine wet and dry paper, until the crystal goes in easier, then use crystal adhesive to fix in place. If you fog the sides or front a little, just use brasso or polywatch and it will be fine. A lot of crystals won't fit exactly, especially acrylics, but be careful how much you sand it down, or you will have a loose crystal.

William Smith
Posted June 12, 2012 - 3:28am

Ten years later, a 1951 ad for the Nightingale.  Stainless back on the yellow gold version