Comptroller

Bulova 1942 Comptroller

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Symbol: 
T
Movement Model: 
8AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
2333724
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I am posting this watch to hopefully clarify which model it is. I believe this to be a 1942 Comptroller based on the advertisements I found on the site. It has an 8ae movement and the "T" symbol for 1942 and a case seriel number of 2333724 Although I am unsure due to the conflicting information I see on a few similar watches.  I see listed a 1941 with 8ae and case number of 1636711 but then there is also a 1941 listed as Knickerbocker also with 8ae (no seriel BTW). Then I found a 1946 Comptroller with 8ae and seriel of 6443039. Then there is a pair of 1945 listed as Kickerbockers with 8ah movements one has seriel number of 5322426. I seem to remember reading the seriel number for the case would possibly be best way to determine which is which. Anyway theres my two cents. Thanks again! 

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Bulova 1941 Comptroller

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1941
Movement Symbol: 
Asterisk
Movement Model: 
8 AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1636711
Case shape: 
Square
Additional Information: 

Case measures 31mm lug to lug x 21mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

White Dial shows applied Gilt Arabic numerals, tracks and Bulova signature are printed in Black. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Modern style and a Gilt Modern Seconds Hand shows on a sub Dial completely obscuring the 6.

Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown.

 

Re-named 4 -5 times within the span of less than a Decade this Model is a real 'humdinger'

Vintage display ad taken from database ad 1943 -1. [M] COMPTROLLER.

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Bulova 1946 Comptroller

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
8AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
6443039
Case shape: 
Square
Additional Information: 

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Bulova 1943 Comptroller

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Model: 
8AH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
3268400
Case shape: 
Square
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Correct me if I am mistaken... but I suspect the BULOVA "ROCKLAND" likely replaced the 1941 "KNICKERBOCKER," vs. the Clinton, which I see no mention of in any crystal catalog, prior to 1946! (The Knick sported the 8AE, then the powerplant was changed in '42, to the 8AH.) Then this same case and dial, etc. was again used in 1946+ in the "Clinton" model. (8AH again, Post WWII....) Only to be reintroduced as the "Chief," in 1948...

See also the  "Chief" (look alike) model I posted yesterday... along with my revision at the bottom of the Knickerbocker post, which was incorrectly labeled as such in the 1948 BB crystal catalog, vs. the Chief, the new (correct) model release... Hence my previous opinion that the Knick was the 1948 release, when it was the ORIGINAL model name used in this case design, from 1941...) 

I could be mistaken on the Rockland, but the war lasted (for the US) from Dec. 7th, 1941... until May 8th, 1945...  so WHY would they REUSE the model name, from 1942? (i.e. The almost certainly, wouldn't!) So unless the Clinton was unchanged and never stopped being produced AND was also a good seller from  1942 - 48, then there must be at least one more model name??? (i.e. The '42 Rockland?) 

Incidentally... this model was likely produced in rather small, to VERY SMALL numbers, in 1942... since the "war effort" soon became the main focus! And Shawn just listed it for sale here:

My Best :-)  William (Scott) Tiffee

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