Bulova 1938 American Eagle

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
7AP
Movement Jewels: 
21
Movement Serial No.: 
none
Case Serial No.: 
9129613
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

When I bumped into this American Eagle, I thought....well, what can I possible add to mybulova.com with this watch, but here we go:

- it is an original 1939 model, the first year this version of the American Eagle came out

- and look at the dial, never seen this one before, except on the "Ambassador" in the same 1939 ad as where the American Eagle appeared

- and last but not least, an intriguing "B" before the "10K GOLD FILLED" (see pictures. Could this be a model indicator? As to say, this is the "American Eagle B"? Through the ads we already know the "A" and "C". We speculated that the beautiful "two tone even roman" American Eagle of OldTicker was the "B". Thinking about it, it makes more sense that this is the "B" since the dial design already existed in 1939 (see Ambassador in the ad), while this "two tone even roman" only shows up in the ads as from 1940  for the Beacon, Westchester and Minute Man, hence making that a possible "D" candidate for the American Eagle.

The watch is 20mm wide by 42mm high. It seems to have the original or at least time period correct metal strap indicating "Ensign 1/20-12KT Gold filled".

And somehow the contrast of my camera makes visible the wear on the case that is NOT visible to the naked eye!

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Alex
Posted March 29, 2016 - 5:46am

Panel Member

By sheer coincidence I found this page in the annual report of 1939 identifying my watch as American Eagle D.

Herewith the request to change the title and also the request to change the date to 1939, not 1938!

Geoff Baker
Posted March 30, 2016 - 5:06am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yes, I think you're spot on Edmundo, it is the "D" variant. Will you please also add the advert to the dB?