Bulova 1941 Senator

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on June 27, 2020 - 4:07pm
Manufacture Year
1941
Movement Model
8AM
Movement Date Code
Asterisk
Movement Jewels
17
Movement Serial No.
Asterisk & Omega
Case Serial No.
1232247
Case shape
Rectangle
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

This one is a puzzle. Casing appears to be Senator, Radio City or Blackout, but black and gray face is one I have never seen in this style casing. It is a perfect match to the crystal opening. 8AM movement appears to be an uncommon one and not currently represented in the database. Recessed opening in case back is round and  a perfect match to movement. Movement is double stamped 1940 and 1941. Case is yellow gold plate with a stainless back. Band is a replacement.

Case back is marked with serial number on one end and "Bulova Quality" on the other. No interior case markings besides a multitude of jeweler's marks.

Currently running and appears to keep time.

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Geoff Baker
Posted June 27, 2020 - 10:14pm

It appears the Senator became the Radio City in 1942 and then became the Blackout in 1943. For a 1941 case it seems this will be a Senator although this dial is not found in any adverts we have for Senator. I do note however that a 1940 advert shows this dial in an Ambassador next to....wait for it.....a Senator. What are the chances they're interchangeable? (talk about wild speculation)

ambassador senator

All kidding aside. Based on the case I would suggest this for a 1941 Bulova Senator and wonder about a dial swap

neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 28, 2020 - 6:23am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I actually considered that and honestly don't think this is a dial swap. Note the Ambassador has an obscured "6", Subject watch does not. Different dial.

plainsmen
Posted June 28, 2020 - 1:18am

Senator... I've seen it in this dial design several times.  Legit imho.

mybulova_admin
Posted June 28, 2020 - 3:47am

I'm on the fence but in keeping with what we have previously done and the fact that we know the Senator had multiple variants, I'm good with a Bulova Senator for now.

1940 Bulova Senator watch

Kathy L.
Posted June 29, 2020 - 10:44am

I am also good with Senator.  Great find.

plainsmen
Posted June 29, 2020 - 6:39pm

Senator..