Bulova 1944 Chronograph

Submitted by JimDon5822 on February 18, 2022 - 11:46pm
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This is my latest unicorn pick up,   It is a super rare single button chronograph from 1944.   The case is 10kt yellow gold plate on Sterling silver.   The movement is a 10BK with an + date code which has the push button at 2pm instead of the crown like the 10AH.   The dial is a very unusual military style with radium arabic numbers and a telemeter scale.  The hands are military style hands and I believe original to the watch as is the dial.  I have yet to find another example of this dial configuration.   There are several online and one in the database with a different dial but this one clearly has a military purpose.  Based on the serial number beginning with a 4 I am dating this to 1944 with a 1943 movement.  it is not currently running but looks complete and I will work on shortly.  It is on a period leather Bund strap that came with the watch and the watch was purchased from England.

1944 Chronograph
1944 Chronograph
1944 Chronograph
1944 Chronograph
1944 Chronograph
Posted February 19, 2022 - 12:23am

WOW now that is a rare bird. Are you going to tackle the movement yourself? 

ID wise I'd have to say a generic 1944 Bulova Chronograph.

Posted February 19, 2022 - 12:44pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

No I don't think I'm going to try to tackle this one. Haven't had much luck with more complicated watches. Need to find someone to work on it for me.

Posted February 19, 2022 - 9:38am

Very cool! I wondered if you got this one! I would guess this one falls in the "hen's teeth" category.

1944 Chronograph - generic for now

The band is great as well! There is a good discussion here (same movement, different dial configuration) about this unusual style chrono.

Posted February 19, 2022 - 12:47pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Yeah I saw it on eBay and really wanted it. I sent him an offer and surprisingly he accepted. He listed another one with the push crown at a significantly higher price.  That one I think is a redial .  That really surprised me because this is a much more rare model. 

Kathy L.
Posted February 19, 2022 - 10:31am

Wow Jim, that is so cool!!

1944 Bulova Chronograph

Geoff Baker
Posted February 20, 2022 - 12:32am

Super sweet find Jim, congrats. 1944 Bulova Chronograph

Astronaut M2
Posted February 20, 2022 - 10:16pm

Wow, just look at that Radium burn on the dial! those hands will make a geiger counter sing!