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Bulova 1945 -Unknown

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Posted March 27, 2011 - 3:03am



(But I don't see the images filed of the one Philip recently sold!?)


:-)  Scott

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Posted April 11, 2011 - 7:44pm

Also checkout the Stamford in the 1942 ad.

geezer_D's picture
Posted April 11, 2011 - 8:56pm

 Hmm, close, but there is not any engraving on the lugs on the Stamford, and it is a 17 jewel movement.  But the other Arnold in the database and the picture below shows engraving all along the top side of  the case.  The 10BC movement is 15 jewel as is the Arnold.  I don't see an "Alexander" in the database, but who knows?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted April 12, 2011 - 6:42pm

Geezer D

Looks like a Stamford, the bezel gives it away.

Geezer I just added the pic on the right It looks like yours. Notice the botom bezel on the Stanford couldn't show engraving if it was there! 


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Posted April 12, 2011 - 7:59pm

 Yep, looks like a match.   

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 4:06pm


That is what Steve had mentioned, but the movements are not the same and there is not engraving on the top of the lugs on the Stamford.   Could there be variants as in the much discussed Academy Award series?  I am not adverse to changing the name on the watch if it is definitely a Stamford.



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Posted April 12, 2011 - 4:42pm

This Case design was the topic of a brief discussion recently, it appears several different models around the same era share the same design.

'ALEXANDER' and 'STAMFORD' both being ID'd as the same in 1945 (?) - the engraved bezel on this Watch is possibly the difference between the Two, question being which is which.

If 'STAMFORD' is not engraved as shown in the ad 'ALEXANDER' would be the logical end result - based on information We currently have.


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Posted April 12, 2011 - 4:54pm


Sounds logical in a Bulova kind of way 8-).

I will rename it as an Alexander.

I'll get a better photograph now that I have my light box.




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Posted April 12, 2011 - 5:32pm


just read through the notes from the prior discussion, could be a 'COMMODORE' ? 

I have not seen the Watch.


Posted April 12, 2011 - 7:04pm

I raised the issue of these similar watches in another post the other day.  Here's what I came up with in this style of case:

  • Revere –  1935, 1937, 1938, 1939
  • Alden – 1940, 1941
  • Craftsman – 1940
  • Alexander – 1942
  • Stamford – 1942
  • Commodore – 1943 (ad shows engraved model, but there could have been an unengraved version)
  • Unknown model – in “bulova-ad-1943-3” (model name is not readable)

We have yet to see an engraved Stamford, but it's possible.  The engraving on your watch looks to be on the lower part of the case rather than the raised portion of the bezel.  Thus, I'm not sure it is a match for the Commodore.  Not sure what you've got there.