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Bulova 1947 Douglas "A"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3

Variant: 

A

Manufacture Year: 

1947

Movement Symbol: 

47

Movement Model: 

8AE

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

7747222

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Arched glass crystal

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This is a recent junk box lot pick up.  It is what I believe to be a 1947 Rose Gold Bulova Douglas.  It has a 14KT rose gold filled case with a copper dial with yellow gold applied hour markers and hands.  It had a broken stem and missing a crown.  I replaced it with a yellow gold one since rose gold ones are hard to find.  

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1947 Bulova Douglas A watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
jabs
Panel Member
Posted October 31, 2018 - 4:59am

Your watch looks like Douglas "A"

JimDon5822
Posted October 31, 2018 - 9:42am

jabs wrote:

Your watch looks like Douglas "A"

 Thank you.  So should I replace the hands with black ones To bring it back to original according to the ad?

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 31, 2018 - 10:17am

I agree with Douglas 'A'. 

You could source some stick hands to bring it back to the riginal appearance. Borel might have rose gold crowns, you need to know the tap size of the stem.

JimDon5822
Posted October 31, 2018 - 10:25am

I will do that.  I did just buy a huge collection of Bulova  parts and movements.   It included hands and crowns.  The problem is I never seem to find rose gold crowns.  

JimDon5822
Posted October 31, 2018 - 10:25am

I will do that.  I did just buy a huge collection of Bulova  parts and movements.   It included hands and crowns.  The problem is I never seem to find rose gold crowns.  

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted October 31, 2018 - 10:29am

Additionally, NAWCC marts are a great source of vintage watches and watch parts. Check the website for a chapter near you. 

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Kathy L.
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Posted October 31, 2018 - 10:38am

1947 Bulova Douglas "A"

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Andersok
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Posted October 31, 2018 - 11:29am

The Douglas (and Ambassador in 1949) ads show this design with two different hand styles. One of the styles is the same as what is currently on your watch, so your hands are likely correct.

At $67.50, the pricelists show the Douglas 'A' with model# 38105; this same model number is assigned to the Ambassador 'F' and calls for case color of P (pink/rose) and the same price. I'm not sure if hand style is the difference, since you can find both styles on both models per the ads. Perhaps the model difference with the rose color case is having silver hands/markers vs gilt?

I'm good with Douglas 'A'

Also shown with a silver accented rose case:

 

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted October 31, 2018 - 3:45pm

Base on Ken's excellent research, I would that this is a Douglas.

 I would leave the hands as it sits, agreeing there is a good chance they are original.

 

1947 Douglas "A" works for me.

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 1, 2018 - 5:25am

1947 Bulova Douglas A