Bulova 1942 Beacon

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on September 14, 2018 - 6:13pm
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1942 Bulova Beacon on a nice period rose gold expansion band as received. Color of band is a perfect match to watch. Ads show this model on leather, but I have to wonder if this isn't a jeweler substitution at time or original purchase.

Watch was well taken care of, as there is a multitude of jewelers marks inside the back. Literally no plating wear.

1942 Bulova Beacon watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
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Posted September 14, 2018 - 6:16pm

Kathy L.
Posted September 14, 2018 - 6:22pm

That is a very cool watch!  Looks like it is in nice shape, congrats.

1942 Bulova Beacon

Posted September 14, 2018 - 6:27pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Thanks Kathy. I bought this one and a second rose gold at the same time based on photos that didn't portray rose color and both were filthy. Way more than I expected when  opened the parcel. My plan was to replace both bands as they looked yellow. Surprise! both are rose gold and both cleaned up pretty amazing.

Posted September 15, 2018 - 6:32am

1942 Bulova Beacon

Geoff Baker
Posted September 15, 2018 - 10:07am

Beacon looks to match

1942 Bulova Beacon

Posted September 19, 2018 - 12:20pm

Cool looking watch; Beacon

Tarnished rose gold is deceptive; one may think it is severely worn or dark colored or think it is yellow gold. I've had some rose color bands that look a bit off after cleaning/polishing, not quite a match to the rose case it came with, but not a match to yellow either, sort of in between.

Reverend Rob
Posted September 20, 2018 - 11:17am

It's gold, so why the tarnish?

This is an FAQ I get a lot, so just some quick info here, most of you probably know this anyway...

The gold used in jewellery is an alloy, and not pure gold. Pure gold doesn't react with very many things, so stays looking good. Metals added to gold include silver and copper, and in the case of Rose gold there is more copper. Palladium, Zinc and Nickel are also used. Cadmium (4%) was used to make green gold, but it is toxic and no longer used. 

Off gassing of the lining of a jewellery box, the glue, the wood, any plastic, is what tarnishes your jewellery, in addition to other airborne pollutants. This is why you open the lid after years of not seeing your jewellery and everything looks dingy.