Bulova 1941 Pocket Watch

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1941
Movement Symbol: 
Asterisk
Movement Model: 
17AE
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
0010114
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

There are actually 3 symbols, omega, shield and an asterisk.  I have no idea what model it is. I cannot find one with a black face around this age. Any help would be appreciated. 

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1941 Bulova watch
1941 Bulova watch
1941 Bulova watch
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bobbee
Posted June 24, 2014 - 3:31am

That's a real beauty! The first picture threw me, I thought, "whoa, where are the lugs?" lol.

I think the case is 1940, the movement's final stamp is for 1941. Not seen an ad for a dial with only indices/no numbers, possibly a redial but I would guess that this is original colour,  and the case looks the same as for the Chesterfield/Douglas p.w. of the late thirties-early forties.

Almost military looking, and in great shape too.

Unknown p/w model.

JP
Posted June 25, 2014 - 7:38pm

Panel Member

Fantastic watch Sgt. Thanks for sharing it with us. I am inclined to agree with bobbee on the dates and possibility of a Chesterfield or Douglas. The dial does look almost military.

SgtJCJ
Posted June 25, 2014 - 8:30pm

So was a black dial an option?  I haven't seen any ads with options listed of any kind. 

mybulova_admin
Posted June 25, 2014 - 9:54pm

Club 5000Panel Member

 

Very nice pocket watch. Unknown for me. It's unknown what model had a black dial variant or was a model in its own right. The 21J movement will be the determining factor I believe.

In keeping with other PWs I'm actually inclined to ID as a generic pocket watch for now.

The dial is very distinct so we should be able to ID one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SgtJCJ
Posted June 25, 2014 - 10:40pm

I did find this one on ebay that looks the same except for the color. I thought it might help identify mine. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111314886048?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%...

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bobbee
Posted June 25, 2014 - 10:50pm

SgtJCJ wrote:

I did find this one on ebay that looks the same except for the color. I thought it might help identify mine. 

 

 

That's a nice one too!

Strange, a new model turns up and there are not only two, but  variants?

Geoff Baker
Posted June 26, 2014 - 4:47am

Club 5000Panel Member

Welcome Sarge to myBulova - this is a great looking pocket watch. I can't remember a watch with three date codes, is it possible to get a close up on that? I agree with Bob that we should probably date this one 1941. Between the case s/n and the asterisk it makes sense that it is. I like the curve of the case down to the engraving, very distinctive.

Unknown for now.

madmenwatches
Posted June 26, 2014 - 9:37am

Gorgeous train bridges on this movement.

SgtJCJ
Posted June 26, 2014 - 11:26am

Symbol Closeup 1

Symbol Closeup 2

Symbol Closeup 3

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Reverend Rob
Posted June 26, 2014 - 11:34am

Panel Member

Modern looking dial, possibly a re-dial? 

Black always warrants a second look. If the paint is too perfect, it is often a sign that the dial has been re-done, and black is the most common colour, it is easier to do than a silver or butler finish.