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Bulova 1945 Elaine

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Model ID rating explained.
2.208

Manufacture Year: 

1945

Movement Symbol: 

Triangle

Movement Model: 

5AB

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

F375766

Case shape: 

Square

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

This was an exciting find b/c I really like the Art Deco style. 

Bulova Ladies watch in 14 KT Rose Gold with one (1) Diamond and three (3) Rubies.  The watch came with the original case and receipt, dating back to 10-17-45 @$135.00. 

The ad has two different prices for the Elaine, one next to watch states $135.00,  and at the bottom of the ad it states $125.00

Very similar to the 1943 Juliet, with the exception of the red round dots at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 hour markers.

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted January 25, 2019 - 4:34pm

Elaine does look like a match. It's always interesting to get a complete set with original bill of sale. $135 in 1945 is $1905 in today's money. 

Case serial seems to indicate 1943? I'm fuzzy on some of the serial indicators. 

 

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted January 25, 2019 - 6:17pm

The case date is 1946 with a serial # F375766.  I found it interesting on this one that the reciept is dated 1945 and the case is 1946.  Maybe like cars, the new models actually come out at the end of the year before. 

Geoff Baker
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Posted January 26, 2019 - 8:56am

Kathy - I'm not sure we date solid gold cases by serial, I don't think the numbering convention is the same. 

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted January 26, 2019 - 12:20pm

I agree the solid gold cases don't always follow the norm.  But I think some do like my little cocktail watch here that we dated by the case: www.mybulova.com/watches/1945-unknown-9812 .  I'm ok with either date just talking it through.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 26, 2019 - 12:33pm

Ah, I missed the solid gold part.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted January 25, 2019 - 5:14pm

Elaine does look like a match.  Mayflower is also a good match and one of the more well advertised cocktail watches.  I would be inclined to go with it.  Too bad they didn't put the name on the receipt isn't it?  I will go with the case date.

1946 Bulova Mayflower

jabs
Panel Member
Posted January 26, 2019 - 4:40am

1946 Bulova Mayflower is good match

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 26, 2019 - 9:00am

If Mayflower is 1946, was Elaine a pre 1946 name? There is no question the receipt matches the watch if the serial is on it. I think the watch must be 1945 or older.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted January 26, 2019 - 12:42pm

The Elaine ad is 1944 and top Mayflower ad I posted is 1945.  I think there are several models that are almost the same but just based on the two ads I would go with Mayflower that matches the receipt.

TexasLady
Posted January 26, 2019 - 7:29pm

The Elaine has a dated ad of June 23, 1944 from the News Journal, Mansfield, OH. (listed above with my watch info)

An additional unnamed Watch with photo and price of $135.00 in the Chicago Tribune, May 13, 1945.

The Mayflower has dated ads from:

An ad with no newspaper listed other than it's from 1945;

The Honolulu Star Bulletin, dated May 14, 1946;

The Austin American, dated Dec. 12,1948.