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Bulova 1946 Dewey

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3

Manufacture Year: 

1946

Movement Model: 

8AH

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

6268083

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Engraving on back:

"IVAN LOVE RUTH  5-10-47"

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1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
JohnB
Posted March 5, 2019 - 6:22pm

I believe this is a Dewey. It shows up in a 1947 ad, which is consistent to the engraving on the back.

The watch is missing its crystal and is currently not running.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 7:58pm

Hi John,  Welcome to myBulova!  I think you are right on the ID.  I think I will go with the serial # on the case for the year.  If you could get a photo of the movement that would be wonderful.  Here is a similar watch.  

www.mybulova.com/watches/1949-dewey-6604

1946 Bulova Dewey

JohnB
Posted March 5, 2019 - 8:04pm

The seller had a picture of the movement, but I did not take one myself, that is where I got the movement number from. 

I am not sure if I have the tool to open it up, any suggestions how to open the back without doing any damage?

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 8:22pm

In the photo of the movement can you see a date code?  It will most likely be a 46, 47, triangle or square.

It is best to use the tool if you can get one or you risk scratching the back.  Also you can take it to any jeweler and they are happy to pop them open so you can take a photo.  You can ask the seller if it is ok to use his photo too.  

 

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 9:20pm

Hi JohnB, welcome! I think you are spot on in your initial ID, It's a Dewey. I'm with Kathy on dating. By case s/n, it's a 1946. It's not uncommon to see dedications on watch backs 1-3 years later than production date. Jewelers rarely sold out stock on a yearly basis.

1946 Dewey it is.

JohnB
Posted March 5, 2019 - 9:21pm

Here is a picture of the movement:

 

 

 

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 9:32pm

I downloaded your photo and enlarged it to look for a date code. After some contrast manipulation, it appears there may be a triangle just to the left of the box with "8AH" in it, right over the teeth of the brass colored gear. I may be seeing pixelation in the photo, but a triangle would be 1945 and make sense.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 10:28pm

Could it be a 46 in the lower left corner like this one?

www.mybulova.com/watches/1946-navigator-9492

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 10:59pm

I actually looked at that movement trying to figure this out. I'm not quite sure what those numbers are, but don't think they are a date.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 5, 2019 - 11:05pm

I don't know either but curious.  I noticed the one on the right is there on others but not always a number on the left.  Interesting : )