Bulova 1943 Director

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14k Red Rolled Gold Plate, Original two-tone Varient Dial, Blue Steel Hands, Original Flex Let 1/20 12k Rose Gold Expansion Bracelet. Older red/pink Case & Tags not correct to Watch Model and year.

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JEV1A's picture
Posted May 16, 2013 - 11:33pm

The box is wrong as you point out.. I felt it a perfect fit because Watch Case is Red Gold and box is red. Yes, NRA Sticker and it also came with a "Bulova" sticker on the watch pillow that fell off. I'll replace box when I get there. The box is near mint.. very nice! JEV

Posted May 16, 2013 - 10:26pm

If it has a NRA symbol, that would mean the box is pre 1937 because the NRA was repealed in 1936...

Posted May 16, 2013 - 11:10pm

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All the watches I've had with that box have been mid 30's.... I've had several.

Here's a 1934 ad that I originally found.  I believe it might be one of the only ones we have that shows this style box in the red color (it also came a in lighter green)...  Once again, not trying to be offensive, but accurate.

IMO... that box is from the mid-1930's.

Posted May 16, 2013 - 11:18pm

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Another ad from 1935... showing your case with the same type of pricetag and NRA sticker.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 1:14am

Thanks.. I changed description to state Box not correct to age of Watch. JEV

Geoff Baker
Posted May 17, 2013 - 6:01am

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I'm torn, It's a Director case, I can live with a two year gap. The dial though.....not sure what to make of that, hate to relegate this to Unknown land.

Correction Greg to your NRA 1936 end date, It was ruled unconstitutional in May of '35. Any "NRA" box will be a '34 or '35 watch.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 6:50am

This was a time of War and Watches made for Civilian use, nor advertisement for were not the main priority for any manufacturer.

One 1943ish database ad is imprinted with the words 'not available'.

A 1941 Case with 1943 Movement is not out of the question, nor is the Roman numeral Dial which is seen in several model 'variants' of era.

1943 'DIRECTOR' tentatively for Me.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 9:49am

"My question is how many say "Director" and how many say "Not Sure? I assure all that the dial at least in my little shop was not touched. Its a curved dial which is made for the case. I feel its stock because the variant's of the dial color match perfectly the "red gold" as Bulova describes the case. The dial has a "red look to it. The other dials that match this one somewhat are on watches that do not have this movement nor case. My arguement remains high to call it a "43 Director. Please see my latest posting of a 36' unknown. I frazzeled on this one. Best, JEV

Posted May 17, 2013 - 12:49pm

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Jev... it looks like a Director and I'll give it 2 ticks for that... there were several variant dials for each watch in the early 40's that makes it confusing.  I think we also had a "Aviator" in this style case in yellow gold.  

We try to speculate as best we can... so I see no harm in calling it a "Director" until we find that it's not... though it more than like is.

Posted May 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

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I'm in with tenative Directer as well until we see an ad with that dial. Definately a Director case and I have had this watch with the same dial as well. I think in time it will prove itself to be a Director. To be honest I prefer this dial over the ad.