Bulova 1936 Hancock

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.62875
Manufacture Year: 
1936
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
6402168
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
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Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
p40warhawk91
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:24pm

oh k, thanks for that. I am not new to collecting watches but I am new to study all the Bulova watches. I love this site and wish there more like it for other watch brands, like Benrus.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:26pm

The bracelet is 'Girlie' but a Gents.

: )

OldTicker
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:28pm

That must have been where the term "Girlie-man" came from...old watch bracelets. : D

NOVA
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:30pm

Warhawk - can you tell me which 1936 ad you found that shows this watch?

I would like to see an ad for the Commander that has a smooth bezel rather than an engraved one.

p40warhawk91
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:35pm

It was ad 34 of 36, and the bezel looks to be engraved in the ad, but the case looks very similar to be sure. You are right on the engraved bezel though.

NOVA
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:39pm

Yeah, that's what I thought.  I think our current evidence points to the Commander being engraved, and the plain bezels being either the Hancock or the Goldcraft.

You were correct in noticing that your watch matches some of the watches entered into the database as Commanders, but I suspect now that many of those entries are incorrect.  The watches are very similar to each other in regard to overall case shape.  Reading through some of the discussions regarding those previously identified Commanders, it appears that the identifications have already been subject to questioning.

NOVA
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:53pm

There's also the dial to consider.  It is a match for the Hancock but not the Commander (per the ads).

OldTicker
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:58pm

Jewel count is incorrect according to the ad, unless the movement was swapped out, but everything else looks like the "Hancock".

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 17, 2012 - 8:01pm

Good catch Greg!

Jewel count could be a determining factor.

bourg01
Posted January 17, 2012 - 7:58pm

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Ad shows a smooth bezel as the Hancock, dial is a match as well. My vote goes to the Hancock.