Bulova 1943 Air Warden

Submitted by SenorCovey on November 10, 2018 - 10:27pm
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 1943 Bulova “Air Warden” watch

• stainless steel and white gold filled

• mechanical hand-winding watch with 40 hour power reserve

• The round case is 26mm tall. The entire watch is 33mm tall, including the lugs.

• 28mm wide including the crown

• Swiss-made Bulova 10AK movement with 15 jewels (rubies)

• New black leather band (14mm)


This is my first vintage watch I started collecting and many more to come! I love the old WW1 and WW2 watches.

1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
Posted November 11, 2018 - 4:56am

In reply to by jabs

Thanks, For some reason I put Air Warden but it didn’t save it..so much for technology these days

Kathy L.
Posted November 11, 2018 - 10:35am

Welcome to myBulova and on starting your collection with this nice piece!  Your watch will stay at Unknown while the panel members review it.  It will then be assigned an ID.  This can take a couple of days to much longer depending on the watch.  I agree with Air Warden.  Here is an ad for the white dial from 1943.  A lot of 1943 watches are gold filled over sterling, is this one?

1943 Bulova Air Warden

Posted November 11, 2018 - 1:21pm

In reply to by Kathy L.


Yes ma’am it’s sterling with gold.These Pictures are from when it arrived,so I got they case looked almost blued like a gun barrel. I took some cleaning wipes to the case and bam the gold came shining through. I’m into WW1 and WW2 military issued watches. I have a 1944 Black Dialed US Ord Dept Issue being serviced that should be here at its new home soon.


Kathy L.
Posted November 11, 2018 - 3:30pm

In reply to by SenorCovey

Very nice!!  I think the gold over sterling watches from this era are really neat.  Just in case you aren't aware, take extra care in handling dials with the radium lume like this one.  The radium is still highly radioactive if disturbed and breathed in.  I only mention it because I didn't know when I first started collecting.  

Kathy L.
Posted November 11, 2018 - 10:40am

I love this era as well.  Here is one more ad for 1943.

Posted November 11, 2018 - 1:54pm

Welcome to mybulova, a very nice watch. I look forward to seeing other watches in your collection. I also agree, it certainly appears to be a

1943 Air Warden.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 12, 2018 - 5:37am

Very nice, I think the Air Warden ID fits well.

1943 Bulova Air Warden

Posted November 12, 2018 - 9:06pm

Some great adverts also!

Great match for the Air Warden.

Posted November 24, 2018 - 11:11pm

I'm going to disagree here. This is NOT an Air Warden, but it might be an Apollo or a Nighthawk (More likely since the Nighthawk has the luminecent numbers) . The sub dial on an Air Warden sits lower, the bottom of the sub dial circle is part of the main dial. Also, on the Air Warden the word "Swiss" sits at the very bottom of the dial in the 6 oclock postion. 

On the Apollo, the sub dial sits above the circle for the main dial, and there is no "Swiss" on the dial at all.

I have both an Air Warden, and an Apollo sitting here in front of me and while they are very similar, they are not the same. Also, my '43 Air Warden lacks the lumenecent numbers on the dial, but the hands are (were, till I broke the crystal.)  The Apollo on the other hand has no lumenecent numbers or hands, and is a different font from the Air Warden. Neither my Apollo or my Air Warden match this dial exactly, but the sub dial placement and the minute marks on the Apollo match. I'm thinking this is a variant of an Apollo rather than an Air Warden.   

My Air Warden