Bulova 1946 Chronograph

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Model ID rating explained.
2.858571
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
10AH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
6404111
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Acrylic. diameter: 24mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Aqui está um 10AH, cronógrafo, raro (ver Roland Ranft). Será um relógio militar? Não consigo ver o símbolo do movimento para saber o ano. Alguém pode ajudar?

 

Here is a 10AH, cronograph, rare (see Roland Ranft). Would it be a military watch? I can't find the movement symbol to know the exact year. Can anyone help me, please?

CAIXA (CASE):

  • Material (Material): Stainless steel. Gold plated bezel.
  • Diâmetro ( Diameter ): 28 mm.
  • Medida com coroa ( Width with crown ): 31,5 mm.
  • Asa a asa ( Lug to lug ): 33,4 mm.
  • Espessura ( Thickness ): 10 mm.
  • Tampa ( Back ): Stainless steel back Bulova Watch Cº. Swiss 6404111.

MOSTRADORDIAL ): 2 cores. (2 tones). 

MOVIMENTO (MOVEMENT): Bulova Watch Cº. Swiss. 10AH. 17 jewels. Unadjusted. BXW.

FUNÇÕES (FUNCTIONS): Cronógrafo, comando na coroa. (Chronograph, controlled in crown).

BRACELETE (BAND): Pele castanha. 16 mm. (Brown leather).

ESTOJO (VITRINE / BOX): Não (No).

DOCUMENTOS (PAPERS): Não (No).

09.12.2012

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José Serra: Bulova chronograph 1940s
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William Smith
Posted December 11, 2012 - 6:17pm

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Chrono from me. Nice one!

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DarHin
Posted December 11, 2012 - 6:50pm

Chrono

bourg01
Posted December 12, 2012 - 10:37am

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Same here, post it.

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William Smith
Posted December 12, 2012 - 1:45pm

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I'm thinking, for a few of the generic Chrono watch records, this name is functioning like a catch-all for a function- similar to set-o-matic and/or using the movement series names in accutron naming convention if we would have gone that route for the accutrons.  I'm fine with that- but think not all of the chronos were advertised by Bulova as that base model name.  Maybe I'm not remembering the chrono ads correctly?

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bobbee
Posted May 6, 2015 - 7:25pm

I can't understand how this came to be dated to 1946.

The date mark is a shield for 1939 on the movement, just like on this example.

http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?122452-Need-Bulova-10AH-Chronograph-Crown&p=940383&viewfull=1#post940383

Like the above example both have an import code stamped on the balance cock and 'Swiss' stamped on the barrel bridge. All other 10AH examples date to 1942 and are stamped "U.S.A." The reason for this is they were originally made in Switzerland pre-war, but the American Standard Watch Co. factory at Woodside  tooled up circa 1940 to produce this and other movements in the US because of export problems from Switzerland in wartime. See the article posted at the bottom of this thread to see the proof.

http://www.mybulova.com/forums/bulova-shares-info-sheet

Case SN may possibly be for 1936, but never 1946, that is seven years after the movement was made.

If you cannot see the datecode, it is positioned slightly above where fifth ringed a small mark on the previous page, and is half-hidden by the bottom end of the chrono actuator lever.

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bobbee
Posted May 6, 2015 - 7:55pm

Here is a blow up of the other 1939 10AH linked above. You can now see that the chrono actuator is shorter, and does not hide either the date mark or the stem release screw. This means the part used in Josè's example is non-original, and has been made up to cope with the non-original crown.

 

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William Smith
Posted May 7, 2015 - 2:57am

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OK 
I'm sold.  Do we just change date to 1939 based on movement symbol and note case SN beginning w/ 6??

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 7, 2015 - 5:45am

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This movt is all-Bulova, the smallest diameter production chronograph of any kind. It is a column wheel minute mod that I have seen before on pocket watches, but this one engages by swivelling the sweep pinion. The movt was only produced between 1939 and 1942.

Chronographs like this probably do have a name, and I do agree that we are lumping them all together. At the very least these types should be differentiated from the other chronographs by the 'single button' designation, or 'crown activated'. 

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William Smith
Posted May 7, 2015 - 5:49am

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Reverend Rob wrote:

This movt is all-Bulova, the smallest diameter production chronograph of any kind. It is a column wheel minute mod that I have seen before on pocket watches, but this one engages by swivelling the sweep pinion. The movt was only produced between 1939 and 1942.

Chronographs like this probably do have a name, and I do agree that we are lumping them all together. At the very least these types should be differentiated from the other chronographs by the 'single button' designation, or 'crown activated'. 

Good idea/suggestion to differentiate by "single button" vs "the others"