Bulova 1946 Craftsman

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6864999
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

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
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mybulova_admin
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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Reverend Rob
Posted April 30, 2016 - 4:28pm

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

mybulova_admin
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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Reverend Rob
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.  

gcw13
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.