Bulova 1949 Joan

Submitted by donegd on May 19, 2015 - 10:45am
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49 (A9)
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Hi all

got this one two days ago. can anyone help in identifying it for me. I have looked through ads but can't find anything like it. Although the movement has a J9 stamped on it and is a 17 jewel 7AD. I think it has been swapped . as the case has the serial number 1211582, which is not a 1949 case number. It also has the words Bulova Quality stamped on the outside. there are no markings inside the case. The dial and crown are marked Bulova. It is rose gold in colour and judging by the  black tarnish it had on it, it might be plated over silver but there are no marking to say so. the bracelet seems to be original to the watch.



1949 Bulova Joan 51815
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
Posted May 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

This looks to be the Joan model, but it is unclear if the case is from 1941 with a movement swap or possibly from 1951 - which should have the L1. I did not see any ads from early 40s; one from 1947.

Bulova Watch

Posted May 20, 2015 - 9:19am

Looks like a match to me. Advert mention it is a pink (rose gold) model.

Bulova Joan for me. If the movement is original then I'd say it's from 1951 with a 49 movement.

Posted May 20, 2015 - 11:29am

the only thing which makes the case seem much earlier than 51 is  there is nothing marked on the case except the serial number and the words Bulova Quality.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 21, 2015 - 7:40am

It does seem odd that the case doesn't have a date code. I'm going along with Joan on this one too.

William Smith
Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:40pm

The Bulova Quality is interesting for a case back of rose gold.  I'd expect 14K plate verbiage.  Also, the case back looks very white or almost stainless.  Different back markings from Ken's linked example.
I'm good w/ tentative Joan

Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:59pm


the case back is the same colour as the rest of the case its just the exposure of the camera is all.