Bulova 1942 Christine

Submitted by Giada on December 1, 2021 - 9:15pm
A
Manufacture Year
1942
Movement Model
5AB
Movement Date Code
T
Movement Jewels
17
Case Serial No.
C639833
Case shape
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Crystal details
Top and bottom of the crystal sit very high thick, the des are old
Gender
Ladies
Additional Information

What confuses me is the back case serial number starts with a C, i cannot find any Bulova records showing the letter C used. I found the 5AB listed inside as the movement, I used https://www.watchophilia.com/general-information/bulova-movements/ to determine the movement was used between 1936 to 1949. 

The inside of the case has cursive writing it looks like 5-10-47 I think. also has 10/g/3

 The only thig I been able to find out was the movement code, the Back case serial number I could not find since there are no "C" serial numbers, you list only L,M,N,P,T,A,B. 

It was my mom's how might have gotten it from her mom. 

Thanks for any help in identifying it.

front of watch loaded 12/1
inside loaded 12/1
back of watch serial number loaded 12/1
the inside case has cursive writing
Giada
Posted December 1, 2021 - 9:29pm

Sorry I had to use a date, so I selected 1949, sorry

Kathy L.
Posted December 1, 2021 - 10:05pm

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing your mother's watch with us.  Your watch is a Christine like this one https://mybulova.com/watches/1947-christine-9518.  It is one of my favorite models and a popular model of the time.  

The serial # for the ladies watches in the 1940s is a bit different to other decades.  It is theory that the letter indicates the year, A = 1940, B = 1941, C = 1942, and so on.  Your movement has a T which is also 1942 so I have updated the date for you.  The writing on the inside of the case is from the watch getting serviced.

1942 Bulova Christine "A"

Giada
Posted December 3, 2021 - 10:16am

In reply to by Kathy L.

Hi Kathy, thanks so much for taking the time out in identifying the watch, it means a great deal to me. It is certainly old.

Thanks again

Giada

Geoff Baker
Posted December 2, 2021 - 9:35pm

Heirloom watches are the best! So cool you have this keepsake from your mother.

1942 Bulova Christine A

Giada
Posted December 3, 2021 - 10:14am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thanks Geoff, it means so much to me. I am thinking that it was her mom's watch. Thanks again, I want to get it running.

Giada

mybulova_admin
Posted December 3, 2021 - 5:21am

Kathy I think the movement might be later....I think I'm seeing a 47, but could be totally wrong. I'm not sure I'm seeing a clear T for 42

We have a number of adverts for the Christine ranging from 1941 to 1949.

This 1947 advert shows a great match for the subject watch andf is also listed as a Bulova Christine "A"

Giada, can you please double check the movement and advise if you see either a T symbol or a 47.....I think either way we have our model and it would be good to confirm that C = 1942 in the case serial number.

Giada
Posted December 3, 2021 - 10:11am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I am looking at the picture I took of the movement (above).  I do not see a T or 47.

I'll take the watch apart again, see if I can get a better picture.

 

Thanks all!

Giada

Kathy L.
Posted December 3, 2021 - 11:25am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Stephen here is where I am seeing the T and I think the 47 you are seeing is actually the 17 for 17 SEVENTEEN JEWELS.

movement

Giada
Posted December 3, 2021 - 11:50am

In reply to by Kathy L.

Kathy, sadly the new image is not appearing, but I can clearly see the letter T and 17 on the opposite side of the screw.

mybulova_admin
Posted December 3, 2021 - 7:25pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Of course, that makes perfect sense. 17 it is.

I'm all good for a 1942 Bulova Christine.