Bulova 1943 Commodore

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approx. 24mm x 18.5mm
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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 13, 2013 - 1:37pm

43 Commodore with bling added to the dial.

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2013 - 4:10pm

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I gotta go look at/for the ads we have for Commodore.  I'll post here in thread or link to the ads.

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2013 - 4:44pm

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1941 Commodore ad from main ad database:

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1943 ad in main ad database:

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2013 - 5:26am

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I agree with Commodore ID - nice watch

Dan Sweet
Posted June 14, 2013 - 9:14am

My thanks to everyone for their assistance with this evaluation. I've learned a great deal during this process, which will make owning this and other Bulova watches all the more fun. Based on my research, I can see where older Bulova watches could become a passion (or obsession!) of mine.

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Posted March 7, 2015 - 11:05am

Wrong jewel count... dial has "rubies" *cough* ...

...non-conforming for me.

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William Smith
Posted March 7, 2015 - 2:43pm

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I looked at the 1943 mvnt and 1943 case, disregarded the rubies, but missed the jewel count.  
I'm thinking Non-Conforming now too.  At least the case looks like that of a Commodore :(