Bulova 1945 Engineer

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14 KT  Rose gold filled I belive this is a Douglas, I could find no ad to support this though Band is a rose gold plate also. 21 jewel 8AE MOVEMENT.

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Jim townsend 1946 Bulova Engineer 6 18 2014
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bobbee's picture
Posted June 13, 2014 - 5:59am

why the confusion Will?

It is just another way for Bulova to market the same watch, but under a new name with a new dial! Where else have you seen that dial in that case, except with real examples?

How often have we seen that before?

BTW, notice the solid gold President that matches Darren's unknown?

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2014 - 1:36pm

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I'm wondering if the third party ad showing the subject dial configuration may be naming the model based on their marketing scheme vs official Bulova model name for this case/dial combo.  ...or maybe the vendor just got the naming wrong?

With so many ads indicating the case with other dials is a Douglas, and only one third party ad showing it as an "Engineer" w/ subject dial, maybe that third party ad is in error?  I'll look as see if we have any other ads from this period for subject/dial combo as "Engineer".  

Agreed it could be an Engineer w/ this dial configuration....or it could be an inhouse mistake or marketing scheme by the advertising vendor.


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Posted June 13, 2014 - 4:07pm

Whatever you believe, that's O.K. with me.

Forget the ad, call it a "unknown".

Jim Townsend
Posted June 13, 2014 - 7:58pm

Dont give up bobbee stand your ground and what you belive.

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2014 - 10:16pm

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He not giving up Jim.  He's poking fun at me. 

It's better named an Engineer based on the thrid party ad than an unknown.   I'm just trying to go through a critical analysis of all the period ads we have at hand and throwing out some ideas/possibilities.  Soo many Douglas dial configuration ads are named Douglas, however none of them have subject dial, and we have the Engineer ad which matches the subject watch exactly.  With Bulova, this model name difference based on dial is not at all unlikely, and we have seen similar in other model lines.

Counterpoint.  Look at the President D vs, President F in this 1941 ad from Jerin.  Similar dial configuration changes yet they are still both a President.  I'm looking through the decades ads and thrid party (newspaper and other pubs) for another Engineer ad like the one Bobbee uses above.  

Posted June 13, 2014 - 8:07pm

I couldn't agree more with Jims statement bobbee.

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Posted June 16, 2014 - 7:53am

Bulova didn't always call it a Douglas either.

November 1949 ad.

That makes five names for basically the same watch.

Different dial/band/crystal/engraved .


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William Smith
Posted June 16, 2014 - 2:57pm

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Based on the 1946 third party ad being a match, I'm good with 1946 Engineer.  

Two ticks tentative, and I'm pressed to give three.  No reason to assume the ad is incorrect.  I can consider/discuss such a possibility, but not vote on that possibility.  If we find a second period-correct Engineer ad (from another publication or vendor / jeweler) I would confirm the ID w/ three ticks.  If we find a period ad naming it something else, we can address ID at that time.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 17, 2014 - 5:29am

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I would tag this an Engineer

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William Smith
Posted June 17, 2014 - 6:03pm

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Votes to date:

Bobbee, Will, Geoff    1946 Engineer.