Bulova 1943 Air Warden

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Bought this from a panel member in non-working condition. It had a broken mainspring and some rust. After installing a new mainspring and crystal, and a thorough cleaning, oiling, and regulating, it is running beautifully. UPDATE: I have outfitted this piece with the correct hands and a band that more closely matches the original. 

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bobbee's picture
Posted March 14, 2013 - 3:06am

The case SN dates this to 1943.
There are four ads for the Air Warden from 1943.
There are two Air Wardens in the watch DB with black dials, one that has had the radium cleaned off that looks exactly like this one, I know because it was mine.

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William Smith
Posted March 14, 2013 - 3:42am

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I didn't even look at Air Warden ads. Do we think the Night Hawk in 1941/1942 became the Air Warden  in 1943, or are they two (slightly) different watches?  
We do have five Air Warden's in the watch database, and they are all 1943/1944.  Geoff has an Air Warden published as 1942, but we just haven't updated it to 1944 based on the case SN.

Posted March 14, 2013 - 6:28am

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Movement is date stamped 1941, case indicates 1943 if we go with the case serial number.

I think we had this conversation before about the dial on the subject watch being slightly different than both the Nighthawk and Air Warden (sub-second circle sits lower). I sear Sear used both names so its probably not a regional thing, but Ilike the idea behind the cross over from one to another in 1942 perhaps.

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 6:37am

Also noticed the similarity in the layout of the Apollo dial and the Air Warden dial (sub secs. dial).
Theorizing here, but maybe the pics for the Nighthawk were used for the newer Air Warden, but there had been a slight dial change in the interim?

Geoff Baker
Posted March 15, 2013 - 5:20am

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So, we have an Air Warden?

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William Smith
Posted March 15, 2013 - 8:22pm

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Here's a few Air Warden ads.  I don't know the date on the postcard.

Here's a couple more, but again the date of these two ads are not given in the thread, nor are they included in the graphic file names.

Admin laid out some ads with dates (below) in this other 1943 Air Warden watch record: The very bottom (large) ad is dated 1946.

Bulova 1940 Nighthawk and Air Warden.


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William Smith
Posted March 15, 2013 - 10:01pm

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So with that one 1942 ad for Air Warden, it makes the 1941/42 Nighthawk vs 1943/1944 Air Warden transition a little harder.  It may not affect subject watch, as it's a 1943.

Posted March 18, 2013 - 6:19am

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So heads or tails :-)

I'm thinking tentative Air Warden as it offers the best chance.

Posted April 9, 2013 - 11:39pm

Anyone have opinions on the recent modifications?

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William Smith
Posted April 10, 2013 - 12:44am

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very nice I just noticed the new pictures love those hands and the band.