Bulova 1946 Craftsman

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This is a non working watch. The case is solid 14k RoseGold.

I took it to a local shop a couple years ago and the guy told

me the main spring was broken and he could not find a replacement.

I didn't notice till a couple months later that the second hand was missing.

When i confronted him about this he said it was missing when I brought it in.

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1946 Bulova Craftsman watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
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Posted April 26, 2016 - 8:09am

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It's always wonderful to hear the back story of a watch. I really do hope you find a photo of Mr Cole wearing this watch, that in itself would be fantastic. Both the Tuxedo and Craftsman are basically the same watch, what made one a Tudexo is the combination of that gold band.

Either way it's a great watch and I really look forward to seeing it restored.

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Posted April 30, 2016 - 4:28pm

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So if I'm reading this right, that would make this a Tuxedo, yes? 

Posted May 1, 2016 - 12:01am

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To be a Tuxedo it would need to have its original 14k solid gold basket weave bracelet. Anything else would make it a Craftsman. I'l review that other record.

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Posted May 4, 2016 - 10:13am

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If this watch with its serial number was originally sold and presented to Mr. Cole with a Gold band, it will be in sales records as a Tuxedo. The loss of the band does not make it a Craftsman, in my humble opinion, it was originally sold as a Tuxedo. If we are speaking of watches to which we do not have access to the history or detailed information about it, then yes, it would have to be classified as a Craftsman, and presented as such to any would be buyer. For our purposes, this opens  the possibility that it needs a footnoted ID, that is, that it was originally a Tuxedo that has lost its bracelet.

So do we ID it as a Tuxedo, with the lost bracelet description, or as a Craftsman, but with a footnote that it was originally a Tuxedo?

This method of ID exists in other realms of antique and/or collectibles, where the serial number will show what the object was originally sold as, and descriptions must detail the mods or losses of original parts or labels.  

Posted May 14, 2016 - 9:15am

Lets not split hairs over Craftsman verse Tuxedo. Since I haven't found any pictures of the watch with gold band and the fact that "which it is" , is not important to me, lets just drop its model. It is a shame serial number records are not available. I have a nice Bulova and a lot of plesant memories.