Bulova 1943 Stop-Watch

Submitted by JimDon5822 on November 19, 2019 - 12:03am
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I took a chance on this one off of Ebay.  It was sold without movement pictures but I recognized it as a stopwatch.  The watch came in heavily tanished with an awful yellow cracked crystal but surprisingly runs.  The 10AH movement has a T date code but is missing several of the chronograph parts.  The dial seems original with radium markers.  It is missing the chronograph second hand.  I am hoping to source parts so if anyone has them please let me know.  BTW the reference post that says the Ofrei crown works on these is incorrect.  The stem screw is too large.  I included photos of before and after with the cosmetic restoration. The ad I found seems to be the only ad that I could find that has lugs that matches this particular watch.  All others seem to have more squared lugs.  

1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted November 19, 2019 - 4:58am

interesting watches, they certainly have experienced a lot

Kathy L.
Posted November 19, 2019 - 9:56am

Wonderful job on this one and love the engraving.  

1943 Bulova Stop Watch

Geoff Baker
Posted November 19, 2019 - 10:16pm

All the stories it could tell.......amazing. 

1943 Bulova Stop Watch

Posted November 21, 2019 - 9:04pm

Bulova Part Number 65C will be the correct center sweep hand.

Love the dial bubbles!!

Posted November 24, 2019 - 5:39pm

Love the engraving: US Naval Reserve. Too bad this one can't talk!

1943 Stop Watch

Posted May 13, 2020 - 9:45pm

Been doing some research and found our guy.   Leslie Neustadter.  He was born in 1926 and most likely received this watch as a graduation present from high school in 1944 just before he entered the US Navy Air Corp.  Here is his draft card and his obituary.   He also appears to be a a wood carver of some merit.   Really cool.

Draft cardObitobit 2

Posted May 14, 2020 - 1:54am

Wow, always great to put a story to a watch.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 14, 2020 - 9:20pm

Jim - Hopefully you've made an attempt to contact family? There are Neustadters still in Camp Douglas, WI