Bulova 1943 American Nurse

Submitted by Kathy L. on April 21, 2018 - 7:15pm
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I think this is an American Nurse from 1943.  It has a 10K rolled gold plate bezel, sterling base, stainless back.  It is the same case as the Military Miss and Rocket.  

Updated:  Added a new ad showing this dial with the American Nurse name.

1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
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Posted April 22, 2018 - 1:35am

Hmm, this one is one of those that keeps us guessing.

Advert indicates gold filled case, and whilst the bezel is on your watch, the rest isn't. Normally the advert will say if the back is stainless steel.

I think so far we've seen similar adverts for 'Canadian Nurse', 'Sport' as well as the 'American Nurse'.

In a earlier fourm post the 'Lido' was also mentioned due to a similar crystal size.

I'd be tentative on an Bulova American Nurse, but would easily be happy to confirm if we could get another advert.

Posted April 22, 2018 - 7:09am

here they are Sport and Canadian nurse adverts, it's a hard choice


Posted April 22, 2018 - 11:09am

I'm torn on this one; as the dial font of subject watch doesn't match any of the 3 suggestions of "America Nurse", Canadian Nurse" or "Sport" via available ads.

Hands also differ, with the only color ad appearing to show gold hands for the Canadian.

Assuming the subject is an unmolested example, the "Sport" has the closest hand match to subject watch.

Food for thought. Currently an unknown for me pending more research.


Kathy L.
Posted April 22, 2018 - 11:33am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I couldn't find any ads with these numbers or hands but there are a couple of 1948 named American Nurse in the database with the same dial.  Would be nice to find an ad to confirm : )

Posted April 24, 2018 - 10:41pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I'd say that the hands are correct and original to the watch based on the dial also containing lumed numbers as opposed to solid or raised numbers.

It certainly has a military nurse feel about it....I'm still looking also.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 1, 2018 - 6:17am

Hi Kathy - I'm also unsure of this one. I agree that the dial is most likely original. I think the hands are replacement based on the distance the minute hand is past the track. It seems like it should be inside to be correct.

If I had to pick one, I'd be inclined to Sport (but that hand doesn't look right either). I'm tentative on either.

Kathy L.
Posted May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Hi Geoff,  I think the hands are original.  There are two 1948 under American Nurse on this site that have the same hands and also a couple on ebay at the moment.  I agree it seems odd but seems to be consistent for this model.  Also agree with admin that it seems to have a military nurse feel to it.

Kathy L.
Posted May 4, 2018 - 8:43pm

I know you guys have thought all this through probably being in the Bulova world for some time.  I was thinking this dial is so similar to the Surgeon and the Surgeon had a couple of different dials too.  Leads me to think American Nurse even more so.  Here is a Surgeon with the same type of numbers and hands. http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1945-surgeon-1448

Posted May 4, 2018 - 10:06pm

I'm still inclined to say tentative Bulova 'American Nurse'.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 5, 2018 - 8:09am

Panel - thoughts?