Bulova 1948 -Unknown

Submitted by tomprobkins on January 6, 2015 - 4:17pm
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48 (A8)
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I have a beautiful rare 21 Jewel 1948 8AE Bulova 10k GF Gold watch. It is running but needs a cleaning. All of the gears turn and the watch will tick for minutes or hours then stop. The case is in good shape, it has the band. The crystal has a couple of very small scuffs.  the numerals are painted gold with a thin black outline. I am guessing it is a Dewey, Douglas, or His Excellency from the late 40s.


1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
William Smith
Posted January 6, 2015 - 4:29pm

Looks like this is a duplicate watch record.  Let's use the other record to discuss, and Admin can delete this dup when he gets a chance...

Edit:  Disregard above, there is now only this one record for subject watch.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 7, 2015 - 7:00am

In reply to by William Smith

Hi Will, it's not a duplicate - Tom has just this one record in the dB.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 7, 2015 - 7:04am

Hi Tom, welcome to myBulova. This is a very nice watch, thanks for sharing it. You're right in the similarities between the Douglas Dewey and His Ex. I see where you found this same watch in our dB identified as Unknown, mostly because of the dial. I guess we'll have to go back and research both of them.

Posted January 8, 2015 - 5:05pm

Hmmmm ?? Unknown for now

Geoff Baker
Posted January 9, 2015 - 6:56am

It was just a couple months back we struggled with a watch just like this one. I can't find any matches in the ads now either. http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1946-unknown-6903

I guess this one goes Unknown as well, Too bad, it's a nice looking piece.

William Smith
Posted January 9, 2015 - 12:47pm


Posted January 9, 2015 - 2:52pm

I thought we had ID'd this case / dial combo as the Engineer.

Reverend Rob
Posted January 9, 2015 - 3:11pm

Welcome to myBulova, Tom, that's a great looking watch.

I'm going to bore you all with my usual cautionary advice:

I always strongly recommend that vintage watches be serviced (Overhauled, a CTR, because they have probably been without any kind of maintenance for a long time) if you want to run them. A dirty, or dried out watch can and will damage itself if it is wound and run daily.

A full service, or CTR, is full diassembly with cleaning in Industry standard fluids, inspection and repairs affected, with re-assembly and lubrification and de-magnetisation. This is followed by all necessary adjustments, both to the regulator pins, hairspring and in some cases, jewel endshake in chronometers. Mainsprings are usually replaced, and special lubricants are needed for automatic mechanisms. 

A common problem with very old watches is that after many years of service, the hairspring can be completely worn out and rubbery. I see this most on wristwatches from the teens and twenties, and to a lesser degree in the 40's and 50's. This is due to composition of the springs, and just wear and tear. Once the hairspring is kaput, your timing will never be even close, and the only remedy is replacement. 

I recommend taking it to a certified watchmaker. A lot of jewelers nowadays send them out. 


Posted January 9, 2015 - 4:26pm

First thing that should be done is get the date right. It's a 1948, not a 1946.