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Bulova 1943 Officer

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20.67 X 20.69



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I'm pretty sure this is a 1943 Officer but the black dial seems uncommon. The skeleton hands have me wondering if they were always that way or is something missing from the center of the hands that has been lost over time. Either way...I really like the way it turned out.

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Panel Member
Posted April 10, 2019 - 1:49am

we have same watch in database

1943 Bulova Officer

Geoff Baker
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Posted April 12, 2019 - 7:21am

The skeleton hands were originally lumed and could be re-lumed. I was tentative on the ID of the referenced watch and am on this one as well.

1943 Bulova Officer (tentative)

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Reverend Rob
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Posted April 12, 2019 - 11:04am

At one point after the war, Bulovas that had previously been lume dial models appeared with no lume in the 'hollow' numbers. I believe this is due to the (wholly justified) negative reputation of the Radium. The war was over, maybe they had used a lot of it and the cost was also a factor. Just a bit of related info for the whole lume discussion.....

This could be a re-dial and may explain why there is no lume on the dial.

I'd be good with tentative 1943 Officer. 

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Posted April 12, 2019 - 11:46am

One possibility is that during the war years and with the growing needs for luminous dial models, that on some with a standard gold marker dial, radium was simply added and luminous hands replaced the standard ones. Many years back I did some experimenting on such a dial and found a nice clean dial under the lume. Let me also say that I would not try this again and disturb dangerous old radium.

before and after '44 Clipper

The dial on the subject watch may be original.

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Posted April 13, 2019 - 3:57pm

1943 Bulova Officer - tentative for me as well.

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted April 13, 2019 - 9:17pm

I'd be at unknown as we have no reference to this really other than a similarity to a white dialed watch with a similar case.

However for the sake of grouping this with the other one in the database I'll go tentative 'Officer'.