Bulova 1941 -Unknown

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Here's a bit of fun, Folks. This is John F. Kennedy's Bulova watch. What do we make of the model?

I am including text provided by the NAWCC in an online newsletter to members:

The watch was originally given to Kennedy by a female admirer on November 10, 1941, during a dinner sponsored by Washington Times-Herald publisher Cissy Patterson. It was reportedly one of his favorites, though he later told a member of his staff that he accidentally damaged the timepiece shortly after receiving it, cracking the crystal by tossing the watch back onto the deck of a boat after he jumped into the water. The replacement crystal was later cracked again during his Senate years and was never replaced. JFK retired the watch thereafter and kept it with other jewelry; it was given by the family to a loyal staff member following Kennedy's death.

The head measures 22 mm x 36 mm. The case and band have 10K rolled gold plate tops with stainless back and backing, a manual wind Bulova caliber 8AE 17-jewel movement, a rose-gilt dial with raised yellow gilt numerals, blued hands (the hour hand was broken off at hub), and a subsidiary second hand. The steel case back is engraved with the numbers "1166568," and internally signed by the Bulova Watch Company.

The watch is fitted with a Pitman and Keeler overhand expansion metal watchband features an integral, gently curved presentation plate at the bottom, stylishly engraved, "JFK, 1941."

A number of other JFK related items were sold during the auction, which ended November 13.


With the kind permission of the NAWCC, and RRAuction.com, where the auction took place. 



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1941 Bulova watch
1941 Bulova watch
FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 4, 2013 - 4:43pm


'UNKNOWN' model to date Reverend, several in the database.

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Reverend Rob
Posted December 4, 2013 - 9:32pm

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I didn't see the others like it, but I have come up with Nada.

Unknown until we get the missing ad...

edit: I see the other two, and I didn't know we had so many unknowns. Some are downright unique looking.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 5, 2013 - 7:12am

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Well, he was neither a SENATOR or a PRESIDENT in 1941, so it wouldn't be either of those.

He did enlist in the Navy in 1941 and after training was promoted to LIEUTENANT but that appears to be post 1941 so it wouldn't be that.....He never did make the Navy's highest rank so it can't be a COMMODORE

It was his father, not him that served as the United States representative to the Court of St James so it won't be the AMBASSADOR or the ENVOY.

He did go to Harvard but had graduated before 1941 so it isn't the CAMBRIDGE ( which is the city where Harvard is located )

Nope, I don't see any other 1941 models that match either............

Unknown, a great piece of American history though, thanks Rob!

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Posted December 6, 2013 - 11:49am

Unknown for me. Never seen this model.

But would be nice to identify it because off its history.

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Posted December 6, 2013 - 11:55am

Posted December 7, 2013 - 12:11am

Must be a Minute Man, didn't JFK put this program in motion after Eisenhower developed it?

BTW I grew up around the Charlie installations, C4 (command launch center) was about 1 mile from my school, C1 was about 6 miles from my home, on a serious sort of funny note, back in the late 70's my buddy & I was doing some late night coon hunting with our dogs at a abandon farmstead near the C1 site, they hit on a bunch of them and the coons headed straight for the site, they climbed over the 10 foot fences that surround them leaving our dogs running around the fence, ( these missle sites are about 500 ft x 500 ft) We drove up to retreive the dogs and were met by 4 M-16's pointed to our heads, and detained for over 2 hours for identification, then released, needless to say, it was a learning experience, and every time I drive by it or any one of the others that surround my home area, I get a flashback, a chuckle, and a respect of the guys & gals that keep this country safe.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 7, 2013 - 9:19am

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Hmmm, My brother in law and I had a similar experience just a couple years ago with the Department of Homeland Security over photographs we were trying to take of a couple old boats. Apparently we weren't paying attention to what was in the BACKGROUND of the photos but Homeland Security sure noticed!! Sure did freak out my daughter and his son, who were waiting for us in the car, all the cars screaming up, all the guns drawn......gosh, it was just a couple old ferry boats......

Posted December 7, 2013 - 4:07am

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Another timeless vintage Bulova watch with a great story behind it. Thanks for sharing Rob.

Posted December 8, 2013 - 12:19pm

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here's another I've not seen before. Pretty slick but Unknown for now.

Posted December 8, 2013 - 1:07pm

Unknown for now