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Bulova 1945 -Non-Conforming

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Similar pictures found that this may be a WWII era watch.  it does have a 12 hour dial and sub second hand dial, but no military markings.  Local owner's grandfather wore it for years.  Believe an aftermarket band, labeled Kreisler. Case size is 30mm. The watch does run okay. 

I have taken the case back off other watches, but do not see a divit to use a blade on this.  However it does have several flat edges, wonder if there is a special tool to remove?  No marking on outside caseback.

Thank you

Michael Bill

Danvers, IL


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1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
Posted July 2, 2019 - 1:45pm

The case back screws off on this one.

Posted July 2, 2019 - 5:02pm

Thanks for that information, does it take a special tool, or just be careful on gripping the flat edges?

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Posted July 4, 2019 - 4:24am

Both :-)

If you don't have a tool, sometimes a rubber ball can give you enough grip to turn, depending on how tight the seal has become over the years.

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Posted July 4, 2019 - 4:28am

How did you determine 1945, or was that more of an estimation?

Posted July 4, 2019 - 7:10am

Estimate only, I just dropped it off at my watchmaker, he will open it up for me to take pictures, probably late next week.

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Posted July 4, 2019 - 4:38am

Numbers and dial colour are unique.

Could be one of a few different models, including the Apollo

Bulova watches 1942 Apollo and Patricia advert

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Posted July 4, 2019 - 7:57am

I believe a movement have 15 jwls, than will be Apollo

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Posted July 4, 2019 - 9:11am

This is probably an off white coloured dial turned this colour, but it has done so remarkably evenly.


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Posted July 7, 2019 - 8:20am

I'm pretty sure all the Apollo's were gold plated snap back with different lug configuration, so I would rule that out, as well as Commander.. The radium dial./hands appear to perhaps be Air Warden, but again, the lugs and back are wrong. I wonder if this might be a Nighthawk/ Air Warden movement and face in a aftermarket case. Still looking, but without movement jewel count, date code and case back interior info, I stand at Unknown or potential non-conforming (Bulova movement in non-Bulova casing).

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Posted July 8, 2019 - 6:13am

Fair enough comments. Knowing more about the case would possibly help with the ID.