Bulova 1942 Ranger

4/10 votes
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20mm X 20MM (apex of arc)
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The most common quote referred to from the Hippicratic Oath is "first do no harm". Since the local watchmaker passed away I have not found a person that I trust with my treasures. Therefore, as much as I would like to show you a pristine example, this is the next best thing; a survivor. Based on the depth of the reference material available on this site I believe the movement was made in 1941 due to the asterisk symbol. It is a 10BE movement used from 1941 to 1943 and the case matches a Lieutenant model (in my opinion); however, the dial has raised gold numbers on white instead of the black numbers on coppertone as shown in the examples, so I am very interested in your collective opinions. Thanks for your assistance - great site.


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1941 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
Posted June 13, 2016 - 6:43am

Panel Member

by the case it's really Lieutenant, yellow case like this

but dial recalls the me rather Officer like this 

maybe is swapped

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Posted June 13, 2016 - 8:04am

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I would call this one the 'Ranger'

1942 Ad

Posted June 13, 2016 - 8:11am

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You're right Ranger escaped me :)

Posted June 13, 2016 - 8:27am

Great ad picture. That really looks like it; now is it a 1941 or 1942?

Posted June 13, 2016 - 8:40am

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by case serial number is it 1942

Posted June 13, 2016 - 9:48am

Perfect - Can I change the title to a 1942 Ranger?

Posted June 13, 2016 - 10:00am

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I fixed manufacture year, watch ID will set admin after be finished panel discussion

Posted June 13, 2016 - 10:14am

I find the detective work incredibly interesting. Thanks

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2016 - 5:39am

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Yes, spot on Ken, that's the Ranger. 

Mike - Generally, until about 1950 we also use the first number of the serial to further date Bulova watches. Around 1950 there was a s/n system change. When there is discrepancy between movement date code and serial year we (generally) default to the newest of the two.

Posted June 14, 2016 - 6:51am

Makes sense to me. Other collectables use the same precept; default to the newest component to establish the in service date.