Bulova 1943 Watertite

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Dial is in poor shape. Good leather strap. Runs. Stainless steel case.

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1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:38pm

I do look at things with an open mind Greg, not at face value. If I did We would have 17 Jewel automatic Presidents, Ambassodors that are not and rectangular Minute Men.

the Crystal deal I have no idea what You're talking about.

To Me this ad seems dated wrong, the technology for the 'WATER TITE' did not exist in 1930.

It's My opinion.

Posted May 1, 2011 - 12:44am


You better do some googling,

"Waterproof" or "resistent" case design was started in the early 1920's and in 1926 Rolex Developed and sold the first waterproof case called the "Oyster" (did you ever wonder where the name came from?) and like all watchmakers do, it was copied ASAP, so the technology existed at least 4 years before this ad if not more, and this is not opinion, it is fact.


Opinions are good, but Facts tend to get in the way sometimes.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:01am

I agree.

Facts are there are no other ads for this Watch from 1930 - 1943 and no examples of the Watch in the database during that same time.

What's in this 1930 Bulova 'WATER TITE' Greg, a 10AN with a split winding stem?

Nova pulled Her mvt, it dates to '43.

Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:06am

Yes, but mine differs from the poster's in a rather crucial respect--I have a center sweep seconds hand while the poster's has a subdial that matches the 1930 ad.

We really need to know what's under the hood of the poster's watch.  He may, in fact, have the first example we've seen of the 1930 Watertite.


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:09am

Good luck on that one

Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:00am

And check this out, Mark, for details about Johnny Weissmuller:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Weissmuller

It makes perfect sense that he would have been doing promotional ads in 1930--he started doing them in 1929, after he won a bunch of Olympic medals and broke 67 world swimming records.  Who better to have advertise your first waterproof watch in 1930?

I think everything about the 1930 Watertite ad makes sense.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:07am

His 1st Tarzan Movie was made in 1932 - His last in 1947.

The ad could be from any time within this range.

Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:20am

Tarzan doesn't relate to advertising a waterproof watch.  Swimming fame certainly does.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:33am

Movies relate to Bulovas advertising.

Tarzan relates to strength.

Posted May 1, 2011 - 10:17am

The ad isn't about strength, it's about being waterproof.  The guy was a famous swimmer at that time.  In the ad he is swimming wearing his new waterproof watch.  Has nothing whatsoever to do with movies or Tarzan.  It's a no-brainer.