Bulova 1941 -Unknown

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Manufacture Year: 
1941
Movement Symbol: 
Asterisk
Movement Model: 
7AH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
0071051
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard Bulova
Crystal Details: 
PMX 374
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Here's a nice gent's watch owned by a customer, 7AH movt needed a new hairspring and full CTR but is running well now. The movt itself is stamped with both the Asterisk and the 'Anchor', indicating 1941 and 1942.

I thought it was a Minuteman but can't find any match. The crystal is very slightly curved and the case is curiously flat. The 7AH that is in here is different from other 7AH's I have in stock, the lower plate is flat, while there is a curvature to the others. What this means is not all 7AH's are the same, not by a long shot. Despite having parts that are interchangeable with other movts like the 7AK, there are some significant differences, like the balance bridge. The 7AH, 7AK, 7AN, and 7AP all use the ETA 735 ebauche, but again, there are differences.

 

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1941 Bulova watch
1941 Bulova watch
JP
Posted September 1, 2016 - 6:27pm

Panel Member

Nice looking watch Rob. Unknown for now.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 2, 2016 - 5:52am

Club 5000Panel Member

I don't see a match for it either Rob. I wonder if the dial is original or redial. Shouldn't the year be 1942?

Unknown

 

jabs
Posted September 2, 2016 - 6:10am

Panel Member

I think MM has a slightly different shape of the case and lugs, I also did not find any match with advert

Unknown for me too

plainsmen
Posted September 2, 2016 - 10:06am

Club 5000Panel Member

Is the watch case back marked with Bulova?  

This watch looks familiar, but I can't remember if it's because I've had in a black dial, or if I've gotten tricked with this case before as it could be aftermarket?

There is something funky with that dial too I think.  Might be a redial.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 2, 2016 - 3:32pm

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There is distortion of the "Bulova" name from the curved crystal, but the dial seems original. It is a Bulova case, properly marked. I should have gotten a pic of the watch from the side, but it is very very, slightly curved. The case is almost flat, but not quite. The movt fits the case like a glove, as does the dial...Pics don't do it justice, it almost looks tilted, but it is not.