"Cadet" Date code J9

Hi All,

I'm assuming this is a Bulova mistake, but has anyone ever seen J9 as a date code? Well see pics below. Must be 49 I think. It's a little indistinct in the picture, but it's J9 for certain.


Posted February 2, 2011 - 7:14pm

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No, J9 is correct. Along with 49, Bulova did use J9 to indicate the date code.

I belive that this is the first year Buova introduced it.

Has anyone seen a J8 or J7?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 2, 2011 - 10:28pm

J9 only so far.

I'm curious about the ID of this watch. Cadet?

Posted February 3, 2011 - 2:44am

I have a Cadet with a J9 date code. Same 10BC movement but its 17 jewels. I put some pictures of it in this posting http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1935-Unknown-329

WatchCrystals.net's picture
Posted February 3, 2011 - 9:07am


The (pink gold?) case and dial looks more like a "Lieutenant," released in 41?! (And according the Shawn+ the "J" was the first letter denotation, in 1949... and used in addition to the "49" er, stamp.)

SEE ALSO:  http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1941-lieutenant-731

A side note: And don't forget to clean out those crystal tracks with some Brasso/= ! (Wink...)

BEST :-)  Scott


Posted February 3, 2011 - 10:16am

I agree looks more like a lieutenant but 1949? I'll list as a "Lieutenant" (or Leftenant as we say over here) sounds more important.