Bulova 1939 Commander

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.62875
Manufacture Year: 
1940
Movement Model: 
8AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
0962628
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Restoration Project.

Rose Gold hidden lug Case measures 31mm x 21mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Caseback is Rose Gold and stamped as shown.

 

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William Smith
Posted March 23, 2012 - 11:20pm

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Commander sure looks flatter in the ad.  Nice watch   I don't see any crystal specs/info for this one...and don't know how to use my catalogs to this level w/o spending more time learning...which I may have to do.

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DarHin
Posted November 20, 2012 - 12:58pm

Mark, did you ever finish this project?

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William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 1:53pm

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Looks like a match, but I'm still seeing a flatter/smoother bezel then in the ad? 

Two ticks from me, and I'm hard pressed not to give three. 

EDIT: First sentence above typo.   I'm seeing the ad with a flatter bezel w/ "sharper" lines, and the watch with a smoother, rounded bezel.

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DarHin
Posted November 20, 2012 - 2:03pm

I agree Will. If it weren't for the dial being an exact match for the ad it would be a lot easier to say it wasn't the Commodore.

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William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:53pm

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Yea I think it's the commodore, or I'm not saying it isn't :) I just noticed the possible differences and thought I'd go w/ tentative until we discussed (or I looked over things again).  Exact dial match too. 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 20, 2012 - 3:48pm

well, if we're going to downgrade firmly established ID's Getlemen here's one more. http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1941-commander-4539

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William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 3:54pm

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I don't think of it as a downgrade or upgrade.  Just my opinion on how I've assigned ticks in light of new questions raised- and can be changed back after we discuss those questions.  It's like my one tick for the 1935 Conrad/Conqueror recently published.  There's certainly a bunch of ID's we can work on getting closer to what we think is right today :)
EDIT: or my pending one tick for the solid gold Douglas, while entered as it is today :)

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bobbee
Posted November 20, 2012 - 4:28pm

A two dimensional artist's "head-on"rendition will never match a three dimentional corporeal three quarter-on photograph, even when the "Artist" has shaded the upper and lower bezel to give a curved perspective to the subject.

If you look or even stare at the artwork, it starts to have a little more depth, and looks curved.

Commander 3 ticks.

EDIT:- It's no secret Mark and I don't get on, but this watch is stunning in it's simplicity, and is a true classic of design in my humble opinion.

I knows what I likes, and I likes what I sees! uuuug, ug ug ug!

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William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:51pm

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...and the dial is an exact match, along w/ everything else....the case differences I bring up can be artist rendition issues, as I doubt Bulova made a diff watch with this very shape and exact dial.  I'm just going through old records and seeing what I thought a week (or six months) ago.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted June 27, 2013 - 12:29pm

Darren,

Working on it.

NOS Dial located 6/27/2013