Bulova 1943 Officer

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Model ID rating explained.
2.780001
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
2771896
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Additional Information: 

I am not sure how to open the watch to get to the movement, so I do not know the symbols or movement model of this watch. Was given to my grandpa in 1944. In the pictures the watch looks gold, but it is a silver color, but it has a strange gold tint in different points of light. (The info I had received earlier is wrong It was not 1926 like I had originally said. I found a picture of my grandpa the day he got the watch, and it is dated 1944.

 

The seconds-dial on the watch has no number on it. Serial number on the back of the watch is 2771896. There are some numbers scracthed onto the inside of the back cover, but there are some scuffs and I cannot read what they say. I cannot find a clear symbol on the movement as to date the year exactly, but I think I see a "T" shape like the one used in 1942, but it is hard to make out.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 31, 2012 - 9:29am

1942

JP
Posted August 31, 2012 - 10:04am

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Yep. Not even close to a 26. Hands are all wrong and case is not the typical hinged type for that period. Try prying the back open with a butter knife and you should have success. Do it carefully and take pics of the inside of the back and the back of the movement. and we might get some idea of the year and a place to start. There is a small tab on the back of the watch at the bottom of the case back, that is where you will do the prying. Try to take good clear pics of the areas I mentioned and we should have a chance to find the answers you seek.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 1:08pm

1942 'OFFICER'

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 6:18pm

.....one at a time Gents.

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William Smith
Posted August 31, 2012 - 6:53pm

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looks like a 1942 officer to me.  I guess it would look like an officer regardless if the movement model and jewel count were entered or not....as I'm not considering the incorrect year of production as more than mistake upon entry. The owner did get a history with this watch...and the year is easily changed.

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bobbee
Posted August 31, 2012 - 8:27pm

Owner says case is not gold, but silver in colour.

Lammchop93
Posted August 31, 2012 - 8:32pm

I updated the info. Sorry about the 1926 year. I double checked today, and 1944 was when he was given the watch. I asked my mom for this info, and I have no idea where she got 1926 from. I found a photo of the day my grandfather got this watch and it is dated 1944.

 

I do not have a very good camera, so I can't get much more detailed pictures than what I have. Sorry!

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 8:45pm

The Caseback looks Silver in Color (Stainless) which is typical of era but the Bezel definately appears Gold.

Lammchop,

Can You verify the Colour of the Case and any information on the Movement You can see?

Lammchop93
Posted August 31, 2012 - 8:45pm

The Caseback is silver, but the rest of the watch is silver, but it has a goldish shine to it in different light angles. It's hard to describe.

 

The movement says 10AK. It is a 15 jewel. The jewels are red. I really cannot see a clear symbol anywhere on the movement to verify it's date. What other info could you all use? I just don't know what to look for.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 8:53pm

'OFFICER' was 15 Jewels.

What does it say inside the Caseback and does it look like the Watch in the ad above?