1939 American Eagle C?

Ebay listing can be found here:

http://global.ebay.com/Mens_Original_DecoVintage_Bulova_Wristwatch_SERVICED/260544664179/item

42mm by 21mm case with scalloped bezel to its original glass crystal

15 ruby jewel, Movement 10AN

No model is given nor is a picture of the movement shown.

 

plainsmen
Posted October 25, 2010 - 11:04pm

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Closest I can find so far is a 1939 American Eagle C

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted November 17, 2010 - 4:41am

ALSO: Check out what I posted for the American Eagle and also now the very similarly cased/dialed "CONQUEROR," as well as the "unknown" 1940 model Mark posted, I suspect is the "CAPTAIN???"

HERE:  http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1940-captain-770

After revisiting this post (THANKS Jerin) I also believe (a hunch, if you will...) that this puppy is the "American Eagle "B" model, since the "A" sports the classic white porcelin with black "applied numerals." ("AN," in Hamilton+ speak.)  And this is the most common scenario (i.e. Gold numerals on an off white background) that would likely then be the "B" varietal... since the "C" is the grey background with the white sub seconds circle, and gold outer rectangle and inner sub seconds outlines...

I have the 1939 ad, showing the A & C models, plus the "C" model Conqueror, model, I just learned was the "C," based on the dial design!

 

BEST :-)  William

 

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Stephen Ollman
Posted October 25, 2010 - 10:58pm

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You had me all excited there for a moment.

This is an American Eagle (C) not a Lone Eagle. Very nice watch indeed!

plainsmen
Posted October 25, 2010 - 11:04pm

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Doh!! Haha... that'll get the old ticker going Steph!  Sorry about that.... I misread.  I'll change it up.

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted October 30, 2010 - 3:49am

This is likely the 1939 American Eagle "B" or perhaps even a "D" model, if they made one? The "A" has a white dial with black numerals. And the "C" model sports a two tone grey background and tan (or gold?) outer border and sub seconds border detailing... I have the 1939 Saturday Evening post ad, showing the A & C models, but not the B or perhaps others??? I also have a like cased watch... However it's 21Jewels! And this 15J watch has an engraved case... A common "aesthetic" upgrade for Bulova, even then, apparently? (i.e. using less expensive movements, housed in fancier cases, etc.!)

 

BEST :-) Will Scott

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 17, 2010 - 8:49pm

William, this scenerio plays well into My 'a la carte' theory whereas Jewelers of that era would build a watch to a customers specific liking, all within the specific model line parameters of coarse. ie: case of choice, movement of choice, dial of chioce.

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted November 17, 2010 - 11:24pm

Mark,

I concur... in so much as people USED to influence what these companies produced, much in the same way that the NET has again swung the pendullum BACK  in the direction of "consumer choice." It makes little sense in a SANE world to have unlimited display, radio and TV+ ads "brainwashing" people into buying what they are told is "en vogue," with no FEEDBACK from the general public, as to what they NEED, WANT, DESIRE or PREFER TO BUY!? 

Indeed... there was a "give and take" back in the day, and it's making a SWIFT comeback, by those of us who THINK, for OURSELVES! My own main interests are art, architecture, design, individual expression and resurrecting BOTH "good taste" AND "freedom of choice," based upon the RIGHTS, NEEDS and TASTES, of the individual...

AND IT'S HIGH TIME "THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE," WAS REINSTATED, UNILATERALLY...

I find is interesting... that now these large companies have "dumbed it down" to NO CHOICE, "consumption," and "disposability?" GONE are the days and works of unique design and style... Now we have almost NONE of what was "UNIQUE," "WELL DESIGNED," "BUILT TO LAST," etc... And I suspect that "intrinsic value" and quality was once the NORM... vs. EXCEPTION to today's FALSE genre' of "perceived value," and carefully contrived and SPUN, "planned obsellescence???

 

BEST :-)  William