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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William Smith
Posted September 4, 2012 - 10:26pm

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Here's a closeup of the date symbols on the back of Lammchops movement:
Could it be 1942/43/44 with a Circle on top, then X, then anchor on bottom?

Lammchop93
Posted September 4, 2012 - 11:09pm

Also, once we figure out all the info on this watch, where can I go to get a replacement crystal? As you can tell in the picture, the current one is very scratched and I would like it to look better.

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bobbee
Posted September 5, 2012 - 3:01am

Well lammchop, certainly looks the same as JP's Officer and as such it will take the same crystal, so maybe you could ask for help from Darhin as he has several crystals about his person, I think. ; )
Also it looks like it is a sterling silver case with the tarnish, and when cleaned and polished up will prove to be yellow G.P. not white. Any stamps on inside of case back, lammchop?

Lammchop93
Posted September 5, 2012 - 10:18am

I will get in contact with him. Thank you! There is a Bulova Watch stamp inside the backcase. There are also many sets of numbers that looked scratched in.

 

What is the best product/way to clean the case?

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bobbee
Posted September 5, 2012 - 12:19pm

A light cleaning with brasso and buff with a clean lint free cloth should clean it up nicely, or a cape cod cloth.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 5, 2012 - 5:49am

agreed,

RGP over Sterling base which is typical of era.

I see the Anchor and the X on the Movement.

1943 'OFFICER'

Geoff Baker
Posted September 5, 2012 - 6:07am

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OK - NOW I see an Officer - much better photos....

X over Anchor also now agree on 1943

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bobbee
Posted September 5, 2012 - 9:39am

Officer, but would date it to 1944, as the most recent of the three case stamps is a circle.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 5, 2012 - 12:35pm

it's rather faint Bob, I suspect it could be simply a casting mark.

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bobbee
Posted September 5, 2012 - 1:02pm

If you look at Will's close up carefully, it looks like it is over the top of the other marks, in particular it crosses the junction of the two lines that make up the anchor, and can clearly be seen running through at that point.I had an Air Warden with an X overstamped with a circle which was faint too. Perhaps JP could back this up as he now has the watch.