Bulova 1940 Admiral

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25 x 15
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Curved case measures 38mm lug to lug using Calipers. Frost White finished dial with raised Gilt Arabic numerals and Bulova logo, Gilt modern hands and matching modern seconds hand follow printed Black tracks. Original glass, Swiss movement.

Watch is original and as found.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted December 14, 2010 - 1:36pm

The 2010 Complete Price Guide to Watches on page 707 lists this as BULOVA. 17J 7AP c.1934


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 14, 2010 - 2:52pm


Not sure where to go with that one, double checked the movement, info given is correct, still retains the original perimeter 'spacer' and highly doubt it's been swapped, in fact I'd bet on it. Could this be a 1930 as opposed to a 1940? its Gold filled back (note: 0 wear through) is pointing more towards the 30's over 40's. - Posted a couple of quick new pictures and does the guide offer a value?

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Bob Bruno
Posted December 14, 2010 - 4:04pm

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Mark, the price guide lists the Bulova 17 j cal 7ap c.1934 gold filled in mint condition at 225.00 dollars. They also note dials for mint prices must be all original. I feel the price guide under values the price of watches and especially the price of Bulova.


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Posted December 16, 2010 - 12:30pm

So, the price guide indicates the first year of production for a given model and their estimated value, got it.

This one's all original and as found, the only work  I have done to date is clean the case which is near mint, dial, hands and glass  all excellent+ and will be left so. The original twist flex band came with also, it was removed in a hurry and without thought until William mentioned its notoriety in a earlier post - watch is only 12mm beteween the lugs, still have the band. The movement is very clean and appears untouched, the balance hangs freely but the stem is froze tight, original crown is gone as shown. Should be an easy fix.

Posted January 8, 2011 - 2:03am

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Well Gents.... according to this ad from 1939-40 Sears Ad...

I give you a new ID I think....   welcome the Bulova Admiral

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Posted January 8, 2011 - 2:36am

Wow! lol

excellent sleuthing Watson.

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William Smith
Posted January 25, 2015 - 8:08pm

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Did the "Captain" become the "Admiral"?

Chester Times, PA November 30, 1939  

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William Smith
Posted January 25, 2015 - 8:32pm

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Just noted another slightly later "Captain" model...which look like kinda like the Playboy and the Groom.

Alton Evening Telegraph November 26 1948

Might as well put these together,  Captain