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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Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:48pm

I know this post isn't about my watch, but, since I have a similar--possibly later--model, and we're arguing about dates, let me add this:

Mine has a 10BE with two date symbols, T and X, which, I believe, puts it at '42/'43.  Since mine has the center sweep seconds, is it not in fact plausible that the poster's, with the subseconds dial, could be from a decade earlier? 

I can post pics of my watch if you want to be sure we're comparing apples with apples.

(By the way, it took serious pressure to separate the crown.  Nothing gentle about it.  The movement actually went flying when they finally came apart.  Guess I should have hung on a little tighter!)

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:43pm

I think Your method beats the sawzall approach.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:04am

On the left is a 1941 Swiss WATER TITE & on the right is a 1941 USA WATERTIGHT

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Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:08am

Thank You Wayne

Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:29am

I reassembled mine just enough to get a reasonable pic (no crystal or crown).

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Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:20am

Like I said, these are 1940's Waches.

next time pull the stem with the bezel and glass in place.

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Posted May 1, 2011 - 1:41am

Wow! I didn't know I was opening such a hornets' nest!

As I'm sure most of you have guessed, 1951 was only a wild assed guess, based on the only examples of a Watertite I could find, so 1930 could be just as close.

Frankly, I'm reluctant to try pulling too hard on the crown.  I've tried a bit but no luck. 

For now, I'm going to sleep on it.  Signing off for the night.

Posted May 1, 2011 - 2:22am

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Ok let me jump in here...a little late by the sounds of it.

1. Fifth the 1930's Jonny ad is 100% authentic as Bulova did release a Watertite back then.

2. What we have here is not one of trhe originial 1930s model but a later edition as Wayne has rightly pointed out.

A pair of needle nose plyers is great at pulling out the stem...gently does it though....it should 'pop' right out. It's no good trying to do it with your fingers!



Posted May 1, 2011 - 9:49am

I'm just not getting how anyone can determine that this watch is not from the '30s based on the little information we have.  Obviously, mine is from the '40s, and Wayne claims that the pictures he's showing us are from the '40s.  But what exactly is the difference between the poster's watch and the watch in the 1930 ad?  Without any more information then we have at this point, I don't see how anyone can be so sure about that.  Please, fill me in.

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Posted May 1, 2011 - 10:01am


1st clue to Me was the Hands - typical 1940's luminous.

2nd is the Dial - again, typical 1940's.