Bulova 1945 Conrad

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14k Gold Filled Rose Gold. Case, Dial and movement signed Bulova. Blue spear hands and sub sec hand. Dots of silver and dashes of gold for numerals. Black seconds track. Lugs pivot. Dial is rose gold colored. This watch has been discussed before and is supposed to be a Conrad. Needs a crystal and I would prefer a glass one.

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Posted August 15, 2012 - 12:25am

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Mark, Read the thread. The caseback and movement could have easily been swapped out here but it's still a Conrad.On that point we agree but we cannot dismiss the bezel and dial and we cannot get so intent about the movement. Though it's probably not all original, My call is still a Conrad.

Posted August 14, 2012 - 7:00pm

Mark that roughness you see in the case back is made by a dremel wire wheel I used to remove the green brassing on the edges and in several other parts on the case and back. It was the only way to remove the darn stuff. Do you have a chemical for removal of the brassing, if so I will buy it and won't have to resort to xacto knife or dental pick or dremmel wire wheel.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 1:15pm

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Just a word, if I may, on Dremels, and case cleaning up, in general.

In my own experience, and at the insistance of various mentors and professors, I keep Dremels well away from watches. We used the Foredom exclusively in watchmaking shool, and for good reason. The Dremels, even with variable speed control, are still too fast and harder to control, even if you use an extension handpiece, which I also tried. The Foredom gets used daily in my shop, for many applications, whether texturing metal or cutting, or polishing. Jewellers swear by them, and again, for good reason. 

Polishing with a bench mounted buffing wheel is the best way to improve the appearance of brassing, utilizing a jeweller's rouge compound, which works best on Gold. To get into a tight spot, you can use a felt tip with the Foredom charged with Rouge. Of course, the brassing will remain, but will blend in with the Gold and look much better. After polishing, it works best to clean the case thoroughly with either a water or waterless cleaner, and we use an Ultrasonic for this. Toothpicks charged with Diamantine, ultra fine emery paper, buff sticks and various polishing compounds all get used constantly around here. The only way to eliminate the brassed section is by electroplating more gold onto the case, or building up the area with easy Gold solder, and then re-contouring the area to match. 

I'm not totally against Dremels, but I find they often do more harm than good, and watchmakers in general stay away from them altogether. 

Posted November 2, 2015 - 12:57pm

What your'e talking about is verdegris(at least that's how it's spelled in french).I just soak the case in a little vinegar for a few minutes and that will get rid of a lot of that green stuff.Just rinse in water after and dry.