Bulova 1944 Cleopatra

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
5AB
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
F137142
Case shape: 
Cushion
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

Just bought this watch on eBay and will give it away as a present. From Dr Ranfft's website I gather the 5AB movement was produced since 1936. Together with the circle symbol on the movement, this suggests a date of 1944.

I have been looking through the vintage ads on this website and the model that was marketed as 'Cleopatra' in the 1940'ies seems a very close match to me. I have added one example from 1942, but there are very similar ads from 1941 and 1943.

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coen_maas 1944 Bulova 02 13 2015
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jabs
Posted February 11, 2015 - 8:02am

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Agree with Cleopatra, nice find, first in database

JP
Posted February 11, 2015 - 11:09am

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Ditto jabs

Andersok
Posted February 11, 2015 - 12:49pm

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Agree with Cleopatra. 1943 ad states 10KT gold filled, which matches watch. Is it unusual to see a case s/n of this era that starts with a letter vs a number?

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William Smith
Posted February 12, 2015 - 2:24pm

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I think its a little unusual to see case SN startign with a letter this early.  Trying to remember if when it does happen, the examples are Swiss.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 12, 2015 - 7:21am

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Hi Coen, welcome back. This is a pretty little watch, looks to be in very good condition. I agree that she's a Cleopatra model, nice job finding the advert.

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William Smith
Posted February 12, 2015 - 2:25pm

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I'm good with Cleopatra model name.