Bulova 1945 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by Pinout on June 2, 2020 - 10:11am
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No clue. Could not find anything in the ads, etc.

Apologies, photos not great. Has triangle on movement.(1945?) Case appears to read 'V.M.R. Case CE' in small faint print near the rim . Not sure what might be original. If watch is legit. Case back is puzzling. Any help appreciated.

10ba 1945 sub-6/2020
back 10ba 1945? sub 6/2020
Mvmt 10 ba 1945? sub-6/2020
Posted June 2, 2020 - 12:47pm

Welcome! Your watch has a great look, unfortunately, it is what we classify as "Non-Conforming". That is a term for a watch that isn't comprised of 100% Bulova parts. The movement is 1945 Bulova but the case and face were produced by a non-Bulova vendor of replacement parts. The case itself is very similar to a Bulova 23 model, as is the black sunburst pattern center of the dial. That is probably the look they were going for style-wise.. Note that the dial is marked "Bulova Movement". That was done to avoid legal issues with Bulova. These replacements were normally sold as a "kit". Empty case with matching face and no movement to plant a Bulova movement in.

I have a couple in my collection; wear it and enjoy it.

Posted June 2, 2020 - 1:25pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Thanks for the info. Had me baffled. ‘Movement’ signature on dial did not register with me. It is different looking for sure. Think I will give it a service and face lift and see how it turns out. At least no worry about making a Frankenstein out of it.  Appreciate the help.