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Bulova 1943 Alderman

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This one was so badly tarnished and listed as 15J, I had no idea what I was bidding on.  I guessed it was an Aviator (15J) or Alderman (17J) as it appeared to be rose gold. It is indeed rose gold over a sterling base which explains the odd coloration that made the watch appear to be tarnished silver.. See last photo as I received it.

1943  Bulova Alderman

Started running on a 1/2 turn of crown and is quite remarkably keeping time.

Referenced ad is dated 1942.

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Kathy L.
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Posted May 23, 2019 - 6:40pm

I just love these watches that have a sterling base.  Such a reminder that it was wartime.  You took a gamble and it paid off, the case looks like it cleaned up nicely and I like the weathered dial.

1943 Bulova Alderman

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Posted May 23, 2019 - 8:44pm

Thanks Kathy. I like the mottled copper dial as well. It makes for a really cool contrast to the nearly perfect case. The spring bars were so badly corroded I had to remove them with wire cutters. I wish it could talk and tell where it has been to look the way it does (and did) and still keep time.

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Posted May 24, 2019 - 4:37am

1943 Bulova Alderman, nice classic watch

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 24, 2019 - 8:25am

1943 Bulova Alderman

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Reverend Rob
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Posted May 24, 2019 - 11:28am

1943 Alderman. 

The proces of gold over silver is called 'Vermeil', and some high end brands have used this extensively over the years.