Bulova 1945 Watertite

Submitted by kenfe on December 8, 2014 - 6:10pm
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Hello All,


So I have taken the watch to a watchmaker and showed me how to take it apart. He said it is a wartime vintage with 10BAC movement. Triangle for the date code witch puts it at 1945. Case serial number is 378. I have uploaded the new pictures

Thanks once again for all the help


kenfe 1945 Bulova 12 12 14
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted December 9, 2014 - 5:49am

Hi Ken, welcome to myBulova. It looks like you've been afflicted with the dread disease Bulovitis. As you know there is no cure, so enjoy the ride, it's fun.

Not having any markings on the back of the case is unusual. Generally Bulova watches have some markings indicating that the case is a Bulova manufactured case. It is quite common that when a watch case is damaged or worn out that a jeweler or watchmaker will put the movement into an aftermarket (non original) case. In some instances a case from the same brand is available. If we determine that either has occurred we will tag the watch as not original or "Non Conforming'. We aren't saying the watch isn't a nice one or that it has no value, we only stating that the watch can't be assigned a proper Bulova name.

If you could give us a photo of the back and some info from the movement itself we can further determine if that what you have. Perhaps you could have a jeweler or watchmaker open the case back for you. Don't be discouraged in your collecting efforts if that's what we find, we have ALL had it happen to us as well.

Posted December 9, 2014 - 7:58am

Thanks Geoff I wIll be taking my watches to a jeweler today to get them to open it and then I will snap some more pics of the movement and Back. Even if they are not original I will still enjoy them. Its a learning process of what to look for in the future.


Posted December 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

Hi Kenfe. Does the back of your Bulova look like this one?

If so, the inside of the case will look similar to this.


Geoff Baker
Posted December 10, 2014 - 7:22am

....and this is why we never say never. That's a Bulova watch, no question from me. It's clearly not a Mil-Spec but it sure LOOKS like it wants to be. Admittedly, I am not an expert on military watches. The triangle seems to date it to '45........


Geoff Baker
Posted December 11, 2014 - 5:58am

I'll go along with that - Watertite, ad is 1942

Posted December 18, 2014 - 6:53am

I agree with Geoff - "Watertight"

Reverend Rob
Posted December 18, 2014 - 10:51am


William Smith
Posted December 19, 2014 - 5:27pm

Yep... Watertite

Posted August 12, 2019 - 11:05am

In reply to by William Smith

[quote=William Smith]

Yep... Watertite

Yep it's a 45.
I have both the 45 & the 50.
45 has no date code except the 3 #inside.
Mine are 265 in the 45 and a triangle on the movement10bac 17j