Bulova 1940 Craftsman

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I listed everythng about this watch That I could see. Anything else about it I don't know where to look for it or how to lkist it. If anything can help just by looking at the photo I appreciate it as I am trying to find out its worth. I am guessing at at manufacter date around 1950 based on my dad had it in 1948. I am 63 now. I would like to sell it. It is not running. Can anyone help? You can email me at jpcremona@att.net Thank you!

UPDATE 10/01/11 I took the wath to one local shop today and he looked at it and told me it was made between 1938 and 1940 as close as he could evaluate. He said tha band is not gold but the watch is and that I could get $500 for it. This coming week I will go to 3 or 4 more places to get an evaluation because I dont know anything about these watches. I will post more updates over the next week or so and then I should be ready to sell if anyone is interested. Thanks to everyone for all your comments. Your knowledge of this item is appreciated. I'll be back! Regards.

UPDATE 10/09/11 I researched this past week and I'm ready to sell this watch. As previously posted the watch is not running and the band is not gold but the watch is. In my research the evaluations were between $400 and $500. I will sell for $500 and out of that I will pay for the shipping insured for the value and signature required by the receiver. If interested call me and I will give you my street mailing address. You can even send me a personal check if you like. i will wait till my bank tells me it has clear and funds are in my account. Then I will ship it to you as stated above. These postings and any emails between us are legal contracts.

Thank you to everyone whose input knowledge has helped me.

I am in Los Angeles at: 818/903-0723 or email me (above) your phone and I will call you.


UPDATE 10/22/11 Someone asked for a movement code of some kind. On the inside of the back cover of the watch it says Bulova 7AP 21 Jewels USA Bulova. The watch as previously mentioned is 14K solid gold case. Everything else I know is already listed above. I dont know the model. That has been determined by some of you on this Bulova site who know alot more than I do.

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Wayne Hanley's picture
Wayne Hanley
Posted October 4, 2011 - 1:42pm


I was referring to these four watches that were being discussed & in this instance  the determing factor is the case & dial. The movements were not part of my comments.


Posted October 4, 2011 - 10:04am

Kind of hard to confirm a watch when we don't even know the date code on the movement.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 6, 2011 - 9:32am

...and no-one should confirm Greg as the Watch is listed as a 1940 Model which is incorrect.

21 Jewel 7AK with a 1947, 48 or 49 Datecode.


In the long run I still think We are going to see a slight variation to the lugs on the 'TUXEDO' over the 'CRAFTSMAN'.

faceted lugs with a flat top.

Posted October 7, 2011 - 7:50am

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The Craftsmen also has faceted sides.

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I'm pretty sure I have now said this twice, we need to identify the date stamp of the watch in question as once again I will make the statement that this watch is potentally the model release before the Tuxedo

...does no one read my posts...

We basically have the exact same 21 Jewel movement,the same 14K gold case, the same faceted lungs, the same dial (IMO), the same leather band model...and the same price.

Its the same watch just from a different year......1945/46 = Craftsmen.........1946+ = Tuxedo

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 7, 2011 - 9:11am


We see 'CRAFTSMAN' post 1946, and then there's the sub Dial variation.

Call it what You want.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 22, 2011 - 5:07pm


It would be interesting to know the weight of the 14K case only? That is without the movement, crystal, bracelet and spring pins. As opposed to what you think you might sell it to a collecor for.




shooter144's picture
Posted October 22, 2011 - 5:44pm

Sry Wayne, havent seen this post for awhile.. I was referring to his logic about the name diff being based on the bracelet compared to a leather band. If that is the only diff, a Tuxedo, without the bracelet cannot be confirmed as a Tuxedo. Its a can of worms, but with what we have, you cant really confirm a watch that duplicates another in every other way sans the bracelett, unless it has that diff bracelett.

In this case tho, we dont even have a mvmnt date, and as I think you pointed out, date could be the diff in names as well.

 So no stars from me as of yet.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 22, 2011 - 6:38pm

The descriptive text in the ad below attempts to explain the difference between the 'CRAFTSMAN' and the 'TUXEDO' [Y]

according to the ad the bracelet is the identifying factor. Therefore a 'TUXEDO' cannot be a 'TUXEDO' without its braclet. - It becomes the 'less formal" 'CRAFTSMAN'

* Unless the Case is White Gold:

'CRAFTSMAN' was not offered in White, according to the ad....

shooter144's picture
Posted October 22, 2011 - 6:42pm

I would say that solves that. Without the solid band, it can only be a Craftsman. Notice the Douglas A and B diff is yellow or rose..same on the Bruce but the Spencer goesskips the 'A' model. Good ad to have, clears up some issues on at least some models and helps us validate some possible reasoning on others.

DarHin's picture
Posted November 16, 2012 - 12:33am

Based on case # I would give 3 ticks for '46 Craftsman A.