Bulova 1943 Commodore

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This was an eBay rescue that I am trying to learn more about. Since someone has added rubies to the dial, I believe it may have been modified, perhaps extensively.

I am not a watch repair person, so I was very hesitant to dismantle the watch. I gave it a shot, and I have included photos of the movement and case interior. In addition to the "official" stampings on the part that holds the movement, it appears people have engraved other information into the case over the years.

The exterior case dimensions are 38mm (lug to lug), 32mm (w/o lugs) and 25mm wide.

I had previously believed there was no ID number on the back. I am a dolt. It was there all along and is shown above.

Based on the information on this website, it appears to be a 1943 model.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Dan Sweet 1943 Comodore 03 07 2015
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Posted June 12, 2013 - 1:03pm

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A picture of the caseback may help, but the inside of the caseback and the movement are crucial to ID'ing your watch. The dial may have been blinged up/refinished or it's a aftermarket re-cased and dialed. Purely speculation at this point.

Posted June 12, 2013 - 4:32pm

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 4:56pm


The Case seriel number should appear on one end of the outer Caseback.


Dan Sweet
Posted June 12, 2013 - 5:33pm

I'll get more photos tonight and post them tomorrow, but I'm fairly certain there is no number on the caseback.


Dan Sweet
Posted June 13, 2013 - 10:43am

Please see the updates in the details above.

Dan Sweet
Posted June 13, 2013 - 9:50am

Please see the updates in the intro paragraph above.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted June 13, 2013 - 11:46am

It's extremely difficult to identify a Watch Model witthout all pertinant information.

Thank You for updating.


with bling

Posted June 13, 2013 - 12:12pm

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Agreed, " Commodore" with bling.

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 12:19pm

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Very interesting case. Sterling base? If they are referring to a sterling silver base metal with rolled gold on top, this is a rather kick ass Vermeil. Normally Vermeil is Sterling Silver with gold electroplate. 

Lots of service, marks, usually a good sign, but that gouge on the bridge is worrisome. Possibly a re-dial in addition to the 'rubies'. It looks to be in very good condition, with no case wear marks, which always makes me look much closer. 

Commodore matches the ad for the 42 in db. 

1943 Commodore. Non-conforming or modded dial, as noted.



Posted June 13, 2013 - 3:20pm

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Hey Rob, Actally I've seen Rolled old Plate over sterling on several Bulova's during the WWII era.