Bulova 1943 Stop-Watch

Submitted by DanG1972 on February 19, 2019 - 8:41pm
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Domed Acrylic
Watch Description

The polished 10K rolled gold plated round case measures 40 mm lug tip to lug tip x 29 mm wide not including the mono-pusher chronograph crown x 15 mm inside lug / strap width. 

The aged patina metallic finish dial has a combination of aged lume arabic numeral hour markings, as well as the Bulova signature, minute track and running sub-second dial printed in black.

The lumed syringe style hour and minute hands are finished in black. The center sweep chronograph second hand is finished in black as well.

The 17 jewel 10AH chronograph movement is stamped with the bowed top "T" and functions well. The snap-back 10K RGP case back is stamped Bulova 3124763. 

1942 Bulova Stop Watch Chronograph (Wrist)
1942 Bulova Mono-pusher Chronograph (Caseback)
1942 Bulova Mono-pusher Chronograph (10AH Movement)
1942 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted February 20, 2019 - 9:42am

1942 Bulova Stop-Watch. The  seconds track for the large and small sweep seems to differ on the Medico and ad is dated 1947.

I inserted what I believe to be the correct ad for you. Stop-Watch Ad is dated 1942. We don't see many of these, that's a beauty!

EDIT -  My bad, 1943 by S/N

Posted February 20, 2019 - 3:20am

Agreed. Interesting to see the dial variation with the sub-second hand markers.

1943 Bulova Stop-Watch.

Posted February 20, 2019 - 7:03am

1943 Bulova Stop-Watch

Geoff Baker
Posted February 20, 2019 - 7:10am

These watches have always fascinated me, this is a very nice example. I wonder if the dial has been repainted. It seems as if the sub seconds is different it the adverts and peer model watches.

1943 Bulova Stop Watch

Posted February 20, 2019 - 9:19am

Bulova Stop-Watch

Kathy L.
Posted February 20, 2019 - 5:57pm

Very cool watch.

1943 Bulova Stop Watch

Posted February 20, 2019 - 8:49pm

Fantastic information guys....thanks! Do you have a list of serial numbers you reference for dating watches? The movement had a bowed top “T” which I thought was for 1942. Maybe it’s a left over 1942 movement in a 1943 watch?

Posted February 20, 2019 - 9:44pm

In reply to by DanG1972

The difference between 1942 and 1943 can be a single day. It's not uncommon to see a year difference between a case and movement. Pre 1948 watches are generally dated by the first number of the serial number combined with the date code on the movement and case style. Your watch has a number starting with a 3, which would indicate either 1933 or 1943. That combined with movement symbol and case style dates the watch as a 1943.

Posted February 20, 2019 - 9:46pm

Great info! Thanks for sharing!