Bulova 1943 Navigator

Submitted by jujulu on June 7, 2015 - 9:00am
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Our watch was part of a large inheritance. No other knowledge of it exists amongst the relatives. My husband and I have been attempting to identify by online research. I have been the most successful by finding a close match in your forums. The evidence introduced in the thread leads us to believe that our watch is possibly the '48 Broker. We read a brief "how to" on measuring the crystal and/or the bezel. However after attempting to do so, we feel our numbers will be inaccurate. Instead I am hoping that my pictures can serve as an alternative and the before mentioned forum thread as a substitute. Like I said, I did find a close match in the forums and perhaps this can be used for comparison. I'm including the URL for the thread, just in case it helps. In the very least, check the thread so the research can pick up where the panel members left off.

My inspection and opinion of it's condition:

Crystal (appears and feels more like plastic) is significantly scratched, engraved details on the crown have been worn down in some spots, missing the minute hand hand, missing lever for adjusting speed, damage to the movement is preventing it from operating as designed, gold is in fairly good condition but needs a good shinning up, and the entire case needs a thorough cleaning. 

Thank you for your time and knowledge shared with me.

Jenna Lute


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William Smith
Posted June 8, 2015 - 4:47pm

Yea I thought I saw brassing on lug highpoints at first, then it kinda looked symetrical between lugs, which also made me wonder about engraving. Sounds like the lugs only have some brassing (smooth).
I'm good with Navigator ID

Posted June 8, 2015 - 5:43pm

This "Unknown" watch from 1943 seems to be entered into the data base under the same photo file name as Jujulu's. I think this might cause a problem, like one of them will disappear.

I could be wrong. I don't know exactly how the data base works. But if you search for 1943 models in the data base you will see this one come up as "Unknown." If you click on the title, Jujulu's watch comes up.

William Smith
Posted June 8, 2015 - 9:10pm

In reply to by 1955mercury

Thanks for the info.  Having two files/graphics w/ the same file names can and does cause problems.  This is why we ask folks to add the date at the end of each file name which they upload to the site.  Perhaps there's a litlle script which admin can "turn on" which would automatically ad date/time to end of file name (to help those who forget to do so themselves)??

Geoff Baker
Posted June 9, 2015 - 7:53am

In reply to by 1955mercury

Alan - this is something I inspect and generally correct with every watch that gets added to the dB. So far I fixed well over 500 of them and continue to do with each new watch posted. I generally make the change when the name is published. There are two places this manifests itself, one is in the search listings as you noticed. The most common is the banner across the top of the home page, which is where I usually spot them. As Will points out, it's because the file name of the photo is found more than once in the dB. I only correct the leading photo in the listing so you might still see more cross over in the searches on the second or third photo.

Posted June 10, 2015 - 1:18am

Hi all, I'm wondering if I should change the title to reflect the ID you all seem to be agreeing with, or if this is something that you the panel members do?  Thanks again!