Bulova 1943 Officer

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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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Geoff Baker
Posted September 4, 2012 - 7:13am

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Not an Officer (until I see much clearer photos at least). Date codes indicate a '42 or '43 movement but there is no matching case from that period. Officer appears first in '46 but I don't think the case matches at all. In the "Service" watch ad's (1943) there is no mention of an Officer, if Bulova made an Officer model in 1942 it would have been in that ad.

Still Unknown to me.

DarHin's picture
Posted September 4, 2012 - 10:13am

I have to go with unknown untill we get clearer pics. Case and crystal measurements would be great too.

Posted September 4, 2012 - 1:03pm

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Case and movement date 1942 so this is Unknown to me for now.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 4, 2012 - 1:53pm


The Christmas ad shown on the prior page is Dated 1943


If the 'FRANKILIN' and 'SQUADRON' in the very same ad are shown and seen in White and Pink common sense says the 'OFFICER' was also available in 3 Case colours.

just sayin.

The image drawn by the Watch owner indicates the Movement dates to 1943.

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William Smith
Posted September 4, 2012 - 3:14pm

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1943 Xmas ad showing Officer(below left).  Subject watch has 1942 case and 1943 movement, so 1943 date is good.  I see the issues w/ the subject case matching the 1943 Xmas ad case.  There are little "steps" on the sides of the bezel in the ad (below left) which are either missing on subject watch(below right), or the picture doesn't allow us to see them.  So IMO gold color is secondary concern if the case doesn't match Officer ad.

A clearer picture of the subject watch case would help us "see" if the "steps" are on the bezel....then we can address gold color (or not).

Posted September 4, 2012 - 8:47pm

I got ahold of a better camera. Here are more detailed pictures of the movement and case. Notice in the picture of the movement where it says "Bulova Watch Co.", there is cleary an X symbol below. But there is something scracthed over the X. The pictures were too large to upload on this site, so I made an album in photobucket. Photobucket is under matenience, but as soon as it's up, I'll share the link with the photos.


Also what do you mean by measuring the crystals dimensions? I am new to all these terms and am not sure what I need to measure.

DarHin's picture
Posted September 4, 2012 - 9:37pm

The crystal is the lens covering the face of the watch. It's best to take all measurements in mm's to the tenth with a digital caliper.

For any crystal measure from top to bottom and from side to side at the widest point. For tonneau shaped crystalslike yours it doesn't hurt to include the width of the top/bottom.

For the case, measure the overall length from top to bottom and the width EXcluding the winding crown.

Don't worry about not being familiar with the terminology. It seems like yesterday I was referring to the thingamajig as the whatsit. Who knew.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 4, 2012 - 9:33pm

The bezel is unique in certain attributes Lammchop and the new images should assist the Members in the ID, don't sweat the Crystal specs.


JP's 1946 'OFFICER' above. http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1946-officer-3800

I'm still all in with 1943 'OFFICER' - there's not much else, if anything, it can be.

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William Smith
Posted September 4, 2012 - 9:41pm

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...I don't see the "steps" on the side of the bezel of JP's watch either.  Maybe those things I'm thinking are "steps" on bezel sides in ad are just artist rendition of where the side of the bezel angles back.  I can see this angle in JP's above. 
Lammchop.  If the photos are giving you too much trouble, you can email to me and I'll make them smaller and ad for you.  PM sent.

bobbee's picture
Posted September 4, 2012 - 9:51pm

The other ad image in JP's watch post gives better detail, and case can be seen to closely, if not exactly, resemble both watches.