Bulova 1938 Banker

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Manufacture Year: 
1938
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
8794903
Case shape: 
Stepped
Crystal Details: 
unknown
Additional Information: 

Case Back: 8794903   B-10K Rolled Gold Plate
Inside Case Back: Bulova Fifth Ave  New York
Movement: 10AB 15 jewel Adj Bulova Watch Co. U.S.A. (crescent moon date symbol 1938)
Dial: raised gold gilt Arabic numerals,  Bulova,  outer black printed minute track, gold hands, sub-second partially obscuring the 6

EDIT  Changed from incorrect typo of 10AB to correct 10AE

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William Smith
Posted August 5, 2012 - 9:54pm

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Ranger ad above says Stainless Back.

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bobbee
Posted August 5, 2012 - 9:54pm

LOL! Sooo funny, and droll with it Will!  Not quite, sorted it out on my own, trial and error, with quite a heavy emphasis on "error"!

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bobbee
Posted August 5, 2012 - 10:08pm

I'm all out of ideas then, unless it's the old LE case with a new movement.

JP
Posted August 6, 2012 - 1:03am

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Unknown at this time.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 6, 2012 - 7:21am

The new 'BANKER' is shown along side of the 'MINUTE MAN'- the 'MINUTE MAN'  is also seen in various ads with an engraved bezel.

ad Dated 1937.

*note: RGP Case.

'BANKER' - engraved variant.

plainsmen
Posted August 6, 2012 - 8:13am

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There is no Banker engraved variant, that's the Ranger.

The Banker and Ranger were essentially the same watch, the Ranger being engraved with a leather insert band.

It's not a LE IV.... they were flatter.  This watch has some curve to it.

I'm still saying Ranger.

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bobbee
Posted August 6, 2012 - 8:19am

Could be, could be, apart from that verdammt Stainless back. : )  Definitely not the Banker, as all the ads right through the DB are plain bezel.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 6, 2012 - 9:03am

'RANGER' has an obscured 6 Dial.

Dial matches the 'BANKER'

.....carry on.

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bobbee
Posted August 6, 2012 - 9:42am

Identical to "CHIEF"

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 6, 2012 - 10:34am

Ad above states "White Metal back" and "Gold Filled Case" - which the subject does not have.

Also, the ad post Dates the subject Watch.

2 Database Watches match the subject, minus the engraving.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1939-banker-2625

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1939-banker-4803

 

Last call:  'BANKER' w/ engraved bezel.