Bulova 1945 -Unknown

Submitted by ared947 on September 21, 2021 - 6:39pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal details
21.0 x 19.?
Additional Information

Stamped date code is a triangle and a square that is X'ed out. Thought it might be a Minute Man or a Senator however the crystals for both of those models do not fit.

Full front of case intact
Serial# 3284482
14K rolled gold -- can't make out the scribed comments.
Movement has 2 codes stamped on the train bridge. Triangle date code and a square X'ed out
Geoff Baker
Posted September 21, 2021 - 9:16pm

Hi ared947- welcome to myBulova. How does your watch compare to THIS ONE? An "X" for a date code could be a 1943 stamp but the leading 3 in the case serial indicates a 1943 case. I'm thinking it could be a rose gold 1943 Bulova Lieutenant.

Posted September 22, 2021 - 7:31am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but the "x" is covering a square box and the triangle is stamped next to it. Sorry for the lousy photos, guess I have to dig my camera out for the next time.


Posted September 22, 2021 - 1:00am

Agree on 1943. Subject has applied numbers. Lieutenant advert does mention "black figures" which aligns with the black numbers on the dial.

Another option is the Ranger that also came in pink gold.

1943 Bulova Ranger v Lieutenant watch

Posted September 22, 2021 - 1:22am

Have manipulated the dial and overlayed with Geoff perfect example of a Lieutenant. Results below. Note the positions of the 7 and 5

Bulova lieutenant Vs Ranger dial comparison

Posted September 22, 2021 - 7:24am

Both Lt. and Ranger (also Bruce) use 15 jewel movements, subject watch has 17 jewels; possible non-original movement?

Posted September 23, 2021 - 3:56am

In reply to by plainsmen

How do we differentiate between the Ranger and Lieutenant cases, considering both came in pink/rose gold.

Kathy L.
Posted September 23, 2021 - 10:28am

Based on the discussion on Geoff's watch on the year and case color I will go with Lieutenant.

1943 Bulova Lieutenant (noting possible movement replacement)

Posted September 23, 2021 - 4:42pm

Most likely it's a 

1943 Bulova Lieutenant with a replaced movement and possibly dial.