Bulova 1944 Air Warden

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Model ID rating explained.
2.151429
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
10BS
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
4031335
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case silver gilt, no plate wear. mvmnt. symbol puts year as 1943, case no. as 1944. Very dirty dial cleaned up well as did the case. Non-original strap is vintage circa 1940's.

Edit: 2013.03.13  Case dimensions added from Bobbee's comments in thread: The case size is: 26mm. dia. 34mm long. 14mm. lug gape.

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bobbee
Posted May 4, 2012 - 5:42pm

LOL

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Posted May 9, 2012 - 8:29pm

'APOLLO' looks like a match to Me.

A 1944 Canadian Ad Names the Watch the 'INTERCEPTOR"

 

I'd go with the 'APOLLO'

2c

NOVA
Posted May 9, 2012 - 8:36pm

Different numbers, hands, and dial color between the Interceptor (or Apollo) and the subject watch.

Also, posted above is a 1947 ad for the Apollo, which also shows a watch with different numbers, hands, and dial color.

Here's what I believe to be a 1942 Apollo.  Seems unlikely that it looked any different in 1944, given the ads that we have.

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Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:05pm

Dial variant - which are seen across the board.

Case and Movement are identical.

 

an 'APOLLO' ID would receive 2 Stars from Me, until a matching ad for the Dial is found, if ever.

mybulova_admin
Posted May 13, 2012 - 7:58am

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Here is a better shot of the Interceptor. Jury is still out for me. Both Apollo and Interceptor have the solid hands, where as the subject watch is more military in theme.

Bulova interceptor

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 9:15am

This may confuse more than assist, but here goes anyway.....

LEFT: 1936 'APOLLO' - confirmed by ad, example in the database.

CENTER: 1937 'APOLLO'(?) Dial variant, Case and Movement are identical to the 1936 on Left, example in the database.

RIGHT: 1944 '?' -  This Case, although differing slightly from its late 1930's counterparts, has been shown to also be Named the 'APOLLO' with White Dial with Gilt Numerals and Gilt Modern Hands.

 

Several Watches from this 1942 - '44 era have been seen with 2 Dial styles - a Civilian or 'Dress' versons and a Military themed or 'inspired' version.

'SENATOR' - 'BLACKOUT'

'PRESIDENT' - 'GENERAL'

IMO this 'APOLLO' variant possibly takes on the same naming characteristics as the 'SENATOR' and 'PRESIDENT' Military themed/inspired Models named above. 

* Variant may not be the correct choice of words in this instance as they are considered different models

Which would lead Us back to the 'NIGHTHAWK', the 'AIR WARDEN' or ?

2c.

 

 

JP
Posted June 20, 2012 - 10:56pm

Panel Member

If you will all look at the sub sec register on the watch to the far right which is black, you will note that the register extends down to the bottom of the outer main register of the watch just as Bobbee's watch does. None of the other watches shown in this string does that except for these two. What is up with that??

JP