Bulova 1943 Blackout

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Doesn't look like a redial and I can't see a movement symbol.  Looks like a senator but is it a 1943 or is it 47  both years used they movements the radium is still on the hands and numbers.


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Posted February 24, 2014 - 1:53am

Sorry about the bad pics it's not a good camera and I ain't a good pic taker.

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 6:30am

Radio City ? Senator ? or a Blackout. Is the back case in steel ?

Posted February 24, 2014 - 7:07am

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Lumed dial and hands. I'm in for Blackout if purchased in America, Radio City if purchased in Canada.


Geoff Baker
Posted February 24, 2014 - 7:15am

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Gosh, I was was afraid we'd need a passport to ID this one. Brian? Papers? 

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 8:31am

Yes this is a tricky one...

Posted February 24, 2014 - 2:04pm

I don't have any papers for it but I can tell you it came from the U.S.   
This is the listing from the bay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111268855915?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#shpCntId (I think I got a nice little bargain for 3 watches)

What year do you guys reckon?   I'm swinging towards 43/44, although I do think it's slightly crazy to have a glow in the dark watch during a war lol.

Posted February 24, 2014 - 3:12pm

Seller said he thinks it's the blackout and is American.

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 4:51pm

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Radium was restricted during the war years, but not sure when and by how much. If an watch co. had surplus Radium paint, they would have used it on the watches, but Bulova was one of a series of companies manufacturing with contracts for the military. This probably meant the MilSpec ones got the Radium first and foremost, and the Civvy ones didn't? This may put it at post war, at least for the dial and hands, but wartime production was probably not consistent, and gaps between the movt and case would have been common. 


Posted February 24, 2014 - 5:17pm

There is what looks like a service mark with the numbers 811228 the 8 at the start could possibly be B or at a stretch 0.  Another one with just 1 and 4 (I think) and the last is 71.

One is neatly engraved just under the bulova stamp in the case the others are pencil or lightly scratched on.

Perhaps I think to much but your more likely to take a newish watch to a really good jewelers for it's first service (I think), so my Sherlock Homes type deduction thinks that's the first because it's neatly engraved?  It's also more than likely that I'm miles out lol.


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Posted February 24, 2014 - 7:01pm

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Those are marks left by the watchmakers, and some just have tidier engraving hands. All are different, in that some are job numbers, guild numbers, or dates. I use dates, and your 811228 could be 1981 Dec 28. The first service for this watch would probably have been in the 50s or 60s. They should be done every 4-6 years, but this rarely happens.