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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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 8, 2012 - 7:36am

"epic fail" - "rediculous conjecture" ?

Here is the 1938 'BANKER' side by side with the 1938 'RANGER'

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1938-1...

database ad Dated 1938.

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bobbee
Posted August 8, 2012 - 7:53am

Getting a bit tedious now, still say "Unknown" for now.

plainsmen
Posted August 8, 2012 - 8:23am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yeah alright I'm fine with unknown, but you can't just make up a watch because we don't have an ad.

Welcome to the "Frank Lloyd Wright" watch part deux!  Oh you remember Mark, when you were so adamant you wanted the name of the Burkshire changed to the FTW for weeks because that HAD to be the name?  

Same thing here.... can't just make stuff up.

I'm done.

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bobbee
Posted August 8, 2012 - 8:45am

Plains, I don't mean to be patronising or anally retentive, but can you put an "E" instead of the "U" in "Berkshire", it is pronounced "Barkshire".   : )

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 8, 2012 - 11:51am

I'd give the subject Watch 2 Stars as a tentative 1938 'BANKER'.

 

 

bourg01
Posted August 8, 2012 - 12:15pm

Panel Member

Let's just put this one to bed as "Unknown" for now.

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William Smith
Posted August 8, 2012 - 12:57pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Unknown from me.  

JP
Posted August 8, 2012 - 3:01pm

Panel Member

Unknown it is. Now my poor watch has no name when it thought it was a banker.

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William Smith
Posted August 8, 2012 - 4:11pm

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The model lists show one Ranger model number through all dates of available model lists (Jan 1954 through Fall 1964).  The lists also show three "Banker" variants.  The lists don't show all model produced, but may only list those models still "for sale" by Bulova or their distributors at date of list. 


It is unclear if these listed Banker models are referring to the Banker seires of the late 1930's, or that one "round" Banker of mid 1930's, or the later tonneau unengraved Banker.  I think they refer to the most recent series of Bankers (1938-42?).  I have no idea if the Ranger in the model list refers to the earlier tonneau model, the possible subject watch model, or the latter  tonneau non-stepped Ranger of Ranger/Lieutenant fame (1942 and a few years forward).

bourg01
Posted August 8, 2012 - 4:46pm

Panel Member

Will, at my last count we have 7 panel members voting unknown, best to leave it at that for now. Mark has made some good points and the subject watch looks nothing like the 38 Ranger in the ad Mark's posted in this discussion but,  even Jerin has agreed, without an ad we cannot speculate or re-invent the possibility of an ID without an ad showing the subject watch. Mark could very well be right that the subject watch is a Banker variant, and since we see Banker variants in the price list, Hmmm, is one engraved? Until we see some proof, It's still an Unknown to me.