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 17, 2013 - 5:56pm

How do I get it off the "Unknown" list?

Posted May 17, 2013 - 6:59pm

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Once we have pretty much a consensus..... the Boss will change it up.  He's out of Austrailia and has a full time job/kids as his main gig so he'll change it.  Usually a day or two is all.

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 8:48am

"Its Official '43 Director, thanks to everyone for all the help and research! BTW: If anyone finds this exact dial on another model of same era, please post ad. JEV

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 9:53am

'42 'ENGINEER' http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1942-Bulova-ad-9...

'42 'BEACON' http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1942-Bulova-ad-6...

'41 'WESTCHESTER' and 'PRESIDENT' "F" http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1941_2...

The Dial design has also been seen in the 'SENATOR' of era and late 1930's 'MINUTE MAN'.

amongst others.

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Posted May 21, 2013 - 3:15am

Thanks for the research very much.. I love this dial! It goes perfectly with the "Red Gold" Case. Speaking of; Bulova I see in the ads uses the wording "Red Gold". Everyone else seems to use the words "Rose" or "Pink Gold". Does it mean anything? Does the "Red" mean more copper content? This case does seem to be a brighter, more redish color than other Rose Gold Cases I have. Anyone?

Posted May 18, 2013 - 12:50am

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Gee a lot can happen when a guy is asleep. :-)

Updated to a tentative 'Director' for me.

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 18, 2013 - 9:15am

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Tentative Director, and just a note about Radium: It was very much in use in watches right up til the early sixties, later in some clocks, including the late seventies. It has a half life of 1601 years, so that even if it's not glowing due to degradation of the Zinc Sulphide in the paint, it is still as radioactive as the day it was applied. Removal of it from dials is hazardous, and the dial will remain radioactive. The particles exit through the front, and are blocked to the rear by the movt and case. The main danger is from accidental ingestion and contamination. For example, you get it on your fingers and wipe your eyes. The body sees it as Calcium and stores it in the bones. 

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 2:53pm

All true, just ask The Radium Girls. Allthough. Radium in a powdered and liquid form was replaced when the girls at United States Radium factory all died from painting the dials, hands of mainly aircraft instruments and trench watches. The tiny hands on bulova, not worried. The luminous post radium substance known as day-glo is long gone.

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 3:33pm

Great watch JEV, but I thought a Butler dial had a silver "brushed effect" in both a plain and two-tone finish?

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 2:51pm

I stand corrected.. thanks Bobbee!