Bulova 1946 Bruce "B"

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.175
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
46
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
6103362
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Lieutnant

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Geoff Baker
Posted August 29, 2013 - 7:38am

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OK, I'll go with Bruce B as well...

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 29, 2013 - 8:52am

from the previously linked 1946 ads

Left: 'BRUCE' "B "

Right: 'CADET' "A"

 

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 11, 2013 - 8:16am

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Is it just me, or do these two pictures look like exactly the same watch? The minute hand is in a slightly different position, but note how the chapter ring seems to touch the upper right edge of the case, near the '1' in both pictures. Is that really a different band? Granted, it does appear slightly narrower on the right. 

jabs
Posted September 2, 2013 - 2:13pm

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BRUCE twice, twice CADET, so how do you see :)

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 2, 2013 - 2:20pm

The band originally sold with the Watch may have been the determining factor in the Model Name although to Me the lugs of the 'BRUCE' "B" appear different.

mybulova_admin
Posted September 8, 2013 - 7:25am

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Cadet "A" is yellow gold.

The Bruce "B" (Bruce "A" shown below) is the best match for the time period, colour and style.

1947 Bulova Bruce watch

GVP
Posted September 10, 2013 - 12:28pm

I know my vote doesn't count but id say a "Bruce B" 

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Posted September 10, 2013 - 6:38pm

'BRUCE' "A" is Yellow.

'BRUCE' "B" is Red

 

'CADET' "C" is Yellow

'CADET' "B" is Red.

According to the descriptive text in both 1946 ads referenced in the thread.

 

The bracelets they were originally sold on are the only descerning factor.

'Matching expansion bracelet' vs 'Matching semi-expansion and tan Pigskin Leather band'.

Who is on first......

jabs
Posted September 11, 2013 - 2:58am

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When I look at the detailed descriptions of the ad, I noticed one more little thing.

CADET back case is white metal, while the back case of BRUCE is a steel.  Due to the fact that on the inside of that case is  "stainless back" I would say that this really must be "BRUCE B"
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Posted September 11, 2013 - 7:38am

"White metal", "Steel" and "Stainless Steel" are one and the same jabs.

Either or would be the correct ID, the thread has documented the Model differences.