Bulova 1946 Athena

Submitted by Rdot84 on September 19, 2020 - 1:29pm
Manufacture Year
1946
Movement Model
6AH
Movement Date Code
Square
Movement Jewels
17
Case Serial No.
G020792
Case shape
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Ladies
Additional Information

Greetings everyone! 

I am just getting into vintage watches and my first score was this little gem. It appears to be solid 14k gold (maybe rose?). It does work but the movement needs to be cleaned and oiled as it periodically stops. I am hoping to get it serviced and give it to my wife for our anniversary. I've been digging around in the old Bulova ads and dating sources but haven't been able to pinpoint this one so I am turning to the pros. If you need any other photos or have any questions I will be happy to provide whatever I can. Thanks in advance for your time, help and knowledge!

-Ryan

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Front
Back of case
6AH 17 jewel movement
Rdot84
Posted September 19, 2020 - 1:45pm

There are 2 diamonds that don't show well in the photos. There are directly above and below the dial in the center.

Rdot84
Posted September 19, 2020 - 1:45pm

There are 2 diamonds that don't show well in the photos. There are directly above and below the dial in the center.

Daca102090
Posted September 19, 2020 - 2:23pm

With the gold case this is more likely a 1946 model rather than the 36.

Rdot84
Posted September 19, 2020 - 3:30pm

Thank you for your input! I put 1936 as the date because the square date code (from my reading) was used for 1927 and 1936. I could be completely wrong in my comprehension though :) I also read that the date code for 1946 would have a 46 next to the square on the movement. I have however read that the 6AH movement was used from 1940-1946. This is why I came here though, to hopefully gain some clarity and learn exactly what I have. Thanks again for contributing. It is appreciated!

mybulova_admin
Posted September 19, 2020 - 9:48pm

Quite possibly a match for the Bulova Athena. Matches all the elements listed in the advert. 17 jewels, 14K solid rose gold, two diamonds.

1945 Bulova Athena watch

Rdot84
Posted September 19, 2020 - 10:01pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

That does appear to be a match. Do you know what year that add is under? Thank you for taking the time to dig through the ads! I'm not sure how I missed it with how many times I've looked over them.

Kathy L.
Posted September 20, 2020 - 4:31pm

Yes I would agree with Athena.  Here are a couple more ads from 1946.  As someone who loves the 1940 rose gold watches I bet she will love this!!

Athena

Athena

1946 Bulova Athena

neetstuf-4-u
Posted September 20, 2020 - 7:17pm

That is a real beauty, I'm sure she will love it! Thanks for sharing.

I agree

1946 Athena

Geoff Baker
Posted September 20, 2020 - 9:17pm

I think Athena is a fine name for this little lovely,

1946 Bulova Athena