Bulova 1945 Andrew "Masonic"

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Model ID rating explained.
2.604
Variant: 
Masonic
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Triangle
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
5015153
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Dial with masonic symbols

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1945 Bulova watch masonic
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FDT
Posted February 3, 2016 - 11:31am

Hi 1955mercury,

Thank you for the support.

A big ol pat on the back to Reverend from me too.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 3, 2016 - 10:17am

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Excellent research Reverend! I'm not surprised to hear that at least some of the specialty watches do come directly from Bulova. Knowing that the relationship Bulova has right now with Harley Davidson further demonstrates the point.

I'm taking the possible naming of these watches offline to the panel. Updates to follow.......

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FDT
Posted February 3, 2016 - 11:34am

Hi Geoff,

Thank you again.

I look forward to new updates and to the naming.

 

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FDT
Posted February 3, 2016 - 11:27am

Hello Reverend Rob,

Thank you for your effort in the follow of this "investigation".

In fact, I emailed the Bulova customer service and they confirmed that the watch was made by Bulova, although they have no longer access to old catalogs as the 10AK was produced from 1942 to 1954.

Andrew/Masonic sounds great to me.

Thank you.

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FDT
Posted February 2, 2016 - 3:11pm

Hi all !

Please check this:

https://facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155271918875038.1073741853.78687...

or look on ebay for "Vintage 1956 Bulova Masonic 17J 10K-14K GF Mech Hand-winding - Leather band

 

There are others...

donegd
Posted February 4, 2016 - 12:13pm

Hi FDT

Many watch manufactures have in the past and the present produced watches with masonic emblems on the dials, especially to market in the USA. They were sometimes commissioned for special masonic events, and were normally sold  through masonic ragailia retailers or jewelers with masonic collections. In the UK it was and still is mainly through the former.

very nice Andrew though

regards

George

 

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FDT
Posted February 4, 2016 - 2:43pm

Hi George

Thank you for your comment and explanation.

I agree, it's a nice watch. I want to learn as much as possible about it.

Regards,

Fernando

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William Smith
Posted February 4, 2016 - 2:47pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm thinking this one through a bit.  Made by Bulova and sold by Bulova.  No ad.  Almost certainly not an Andrew, but that's just a guess. as we dont' have an ad.  I suppose they could have marketed it as an Andrew w/ Masonic markings, but I doubt it.

If we do this route, what happens if/when we find a "Masonic Markings" dial in a case which can be two different models based on strap/band, or jewel count, etc...

Another option may be "catch all" class of  Bulova Masonic unknown model?  

 

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1955mercury
Posted February 4, 2016 - 3:13pm

That's thinking ahead Mr. Smith, but in this particular case it can't be anything but an Andrew with a Masonic dial, we know that much. Bulova may have called it the "Masonic" model or something. I wouldn't think they would use but one model each year to put a Masonic dial on. It wouldn't be cost effective for them to make these specialty dials for several models each year. Just my 2 cents.

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Reverend Rob
Posted February 4, 2016 - 3:19pm

Panel Member

They would have only been advertised in Masonic regalia catalogues, and the numbers produced were actually quite large. I'll see if I can find a modern catalogue example.