Aviator

Bulova 1942 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Symbol: 
T
Movement Model: 
10AX
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
2182932
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Fancy engraving that extends only slightly past the lugs along the lower stepped edge of the bezel.  There is a very tiny coin edge detail that extends along the upper edge of the lower step of the bezel between the fancy engraving. The crown is unmarked. 16mm lugs. In the preview of this post the year 1941 is coming up for this Unknown. Not sure why since the "T" code is for 1942. Maybe based on the case number?

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1942 Bulova Aviator B watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch

Bulova 1945 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10BA
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
5104245
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

 I think this is a 1945 Aviator B as it matches one in the data base.  It looks like it will clean up pretty well. The dial and hands are rough. I don't see any obvious wear through and the engraving is pretty crisp.

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1945 Bulova Aviator B watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch

Bulova 1946 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
6296351
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I'm not quite sure what this is. Possibly a Stamford? I saw an ad for 17 jewels but not 15.  Rose gold plate bezel and what I THINK might or could be the original band in rose gold fill. Possible a JB on the trademark? The 10AK 15 jewel movement date is double stamped with a triangle and square.  The crown is not signed. The original glass crystal was broken.  The hour hand appears to have been replaced at some point as it is bright blue and the minute and second are plum.

   I found the double date stamp interesting although I have no clue how often that happened. It could be 1935/36 or 1945/46.  I don't believe it is from the 20's because the style doen't look right. I did see a 1936 ad for a craftsman that seemed close.

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1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch

Bulova 1949 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
9007188
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
22.50X20.30 curved on 2 sides
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case back:BULOVA and serial number

Inside case back:BULOVA,10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE BEZEL,STAINLESS BACK,NEW YORK

Movement:10BC 15 jewels dated 1948(48)

Dial:Salmon coloured  with applied gold even numbers and dots where the odd numbers should be.Sub seconds dial is marked every 10 seconds.Bulova signature is also gold raised letters.

Case:Tonneau shaped with engraving on the lugs.

Crown:Unsigned

The closest I could find in the database is the 1946 Aviator.Case matches but te dial is different.

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1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch

Bulova 1945 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
N/A
Case Serial No.: 
5667509
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Federal MT10-225 203
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Originally thought to be a 'Frankenwatch' based on a Stamford case, it was purchased as a parts watch and included a mid-forties Gemex expandable band.  When received, the watch and band were pretty filthy and the watch had a broken crystal, but it was too nice to part out.

Upon further inspection, the etched roman numerals matched the last three of the case back serial number, the first was a '5', the 15 jewel 10BC movement had a triangle, and the engraved lugs made the 'Frankenwatch' designation seem less likely.  When another went up for sale on eBay and another was found on a different Bulova collector's site (both with 15 jewel 10BC movements), a more thorough search on this site was made and... an identification is believed to be found.

Based on the partial ads, this watch is believed to be a 1945 Aviator 'B'.

Every part of the watch (incuding the band, though non-original) was carefully, but thoroughly, cleaned.  The replaced parts includes the mainspring, crystal (thanks to veritas123), and minute hand.  Because of wear, the 1126 crown will eventually need to be replaced as well.  The old Gemex band was kept, and, though not perfect, is very presentable and appears period correct.

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Bulova 1946 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1947
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
7802039
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

1947 Aviator "B"

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1947 Aviator B
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Bulova 1945 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
5641001
Case shape: 
Oval
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
bubbled top 1"long x 3/4"wide
Gender: 
Mens
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louman 1945 Bulova Aviator 98 23 2914
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch

Bulova 1946 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
6946425
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
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Jim Townsend 1944 Bulova Unknown 05182014
Bulova watch
Bulova watch

Bulova 1945 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
7376896
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

14K Rolled Gold Plate Bezel---BULOVA- New York.

Brilliant timekeeper.

J-B Champion 14K R/G/P Stretch Bracelet.

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David Shilton 1945 Bulova 05 07 2015
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch

Bulova 1945 Aviator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
Unknown
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

31549 on Tag. Original price $37.50

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