Bulova 1940 Lone Eagle

9/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67
Manufacture Year: 
1940
Movement Model: 
10AM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
unknown
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Crystal Details: 
23.9x17.9 GS MT 346-23
Additional Information: 

Not yet in hand, believe it to be a 1940 Lone Eagle A with original 12 rg bracelet. Will update when it arrives and the a restore !!!!

Thanks to Jerin for tossin this rather inexpensive purchase my way  !!!!!!!

Photos coustesy seller weirdwrod1 

Update : could be A DEWEY as it has a gold back....Lone Eagle states stainless back

Update Lone Eagle A as per discusion and crystal specs

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Lone Eagle A
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shooter144
Posted September 8, 2011 - 8:42pm

After reading it all.....Mine is NOT engraved but DOES have a GOLD back....I think LE A with a gold back, very possible that gold backs were used earlier then phazed out as they were used up. More likely than any variation argument I suspect. And at that time, stainless was more valuable than gold (war efforts) and it would be logical to use rgp instead of stainless when supplies were short or too expensive.

 Also have one with stainless back ...

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shooter144
Posted September 11, 2011 - 3:34pm

and now another 1941 with a 17j 10AX marked with * with a GOLD BACK.....local goodwill had it for ...uhhhh $5. Runs nice too !!!

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shooter144
Posted September 11, 2011 - 3:53pm

Ok, all three measure 24.93 ishx29.27 ish case size  and 23.89 ish x18.0 ish chrystal using mitutoyo self calibrating calipers, the case size does not match the Ambasador and the crystal specs match the GS MT 346-23 Lone Eagle crystal package posted here  www.mybulova.com/watches/1942-unknown-2320  so as far as I am concerned the debate is over, Lone Eagle......unless that crystal fits something else...

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 11, 2011 - 4:18pm

Nope, if the Crystal were to fit another model it would be named on the package.

It's been My experience that most, if not all of the 30's models had Gold Casebacks, 1940 is when You start to see Stainless Steel backs being used on the 15 and 17 Jewel Models....for what it's worth.

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shooter144
Posted September 11, 2011 - 4:28pm

Seems that way to me as well, but they certainly would use up stock on hand. Dont know, but with what we have I will call it Lone Eagle A, 2 stars.

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bobbee
Posted February 1, 2013 - 5:00am

1935 ad. Note the 15 jewel Bulova with stainless back, showing that Bulova watches were available with S/S backs prior to 1940.

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William Smith
Posted March 21, 2012 - 2:10am

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two stars it is w/ me, as per links, discussion, etc...  

NOVA
Posted May 24, 2012 - 4:51pm

1940 ad printed in The Atlanta Constitution.  Note the case description.

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William Smith
Posted May 25, 2012 - 2:29am

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A slue of ID's confirmed with the new ads.  And if this is only the tip of the iceberg-wow.

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William Smith
Posted January 31, 2013 - 5:42pm

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Bobbee- your 1935 ad picture in the recent comment above isn't working.  Can you repost please?