Bulova 1942 President

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Date of manufacture is only an estimate, no date code on back, but the vintage watch dealer it came from believes it was from the 1940s.

Unknown model Bulova women's watch, 14K Pink Gold filled, original Pink Gold  filled early scissor expansion bracelet, original Cylinder Thick Glass crystal.  3 enameled hour numbers (3, 9, 12, and 8 what appear to be round crystal markers for 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11.  Rectangular second hand window at 6 o'clock position.  The case shape is actually what Cartier introduced and christened a "Tank" case in 1917, but nobody can legally use that trademarked term except Cartier.  So whatever model designation Bulova gave this watch, it wasn't "Tank".  Tear Drop lugs.  23mm wide by 38mm lug to lug.  Overall condition 90%.  If anyone knows just what model this watch is, please contact me.

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tmaca's picture
Posted April 25, 2016 - 1:05am

AHA!  That may be why I was having trouble reading some of the digits.  If I read it from the side opposite the crown, it's 2497906, and is MUCH easier to read.  And having 7 digits is consistent with when Bulova used the first digit of the SN for the year.  But if I use the SN dating method, that'd make it a '42, and I've only found images of Pink Gold Presidents, with the exact same dial, that have been labelled '44 or '45.

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Posted April 25, 2016 - 7:11am

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Thanks, I would date it to 1942 unless the movement is dated to 1943.

1942 President

Posted April 24, 2016 - 8:42pm

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Could you please recheck the back serial number I think its been read upside down...looks like 2497906 to me, or something similar.

I'd say it's a 1942 Bulova President. The band is a male band not a female but in this day and age  these could be easily worn by both men and women.

1940 Bulova President watch


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William Smith
Posted April 25, 2016 - 2:51am

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Dots and Dashes.  With the case SN starting with a 2, I'm in with 1942 President.   

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Posted April 26, 2016 - 6:03am

HOW can I either add another pic (someone's requested another one of my Accutron 2181) or edit a listing, to change this to a man's watch?  Also, I was thinking of a different watch when describing part of it, I'd like ti fix that, too.

Posted April 26, 2016 - 7:43am

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Posted April 26, 2016 - 9:48am

OK.  But is there some way to add another picture to a watch?

Posted April 28, 2016 - 7:13am

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 12:16am



As far as I can tell, that cannot be done unless the image is already online and has a web address.  I read the instructions, which said I should select "browse server".  I did that, and what I got did not give me anyhting that allowed me access to my own computer's files, which is where all my images are.  There was something labelled "user 2---", which I assume is me, but clicking that or the plus sign next to it also does not get me into my own files.  As far as I can see, the ONLY time I can uopload pics is when adding a watch, and once that's done I cannot add any pics that do not have their own web address.  I'd include an image of what I get when I click "browse server" but, again, I cannot upload any pics in a comment, although the instructions claim that I can.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 24, 2016 - 11:46am

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Use these instructions to add the photo to a  comment in this thread: