Bulova 1946 Margo

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This watch belonged to my grandmother (she passed in 1994) and I don't know much about it.

I have taken it to a couple of jewelers/watch people and didn't get much information except what was on the inside.

Marks that are on the inside: Swiss / 5AB /  Seventeen Jewels / RS AF / BXW

On the inside 'side'  on the back is: XVIXVI

On the inside of the back are jewelers marks for repairs with the earliest being 1952.

The band is expandable (no latch), and has 3 sections that say " pat pend multi size" - i do not know if it is the original band.

I want to be educated about the watch!  So I am looking for any further information about the watch such as the exact year and what all the writing is.


* * * I did set the time and wind the watch (not much) and it kept exact time for 3 hours - until it was opened at a jeweler.

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Posted June 6, 2012 - 12:02pm

Ignore the lugs and look just at the outline of the bezel.  It is a cushion shaped case. Or at least that's what I would call it.

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Posted June 6, 2012 - 6:16pm


If you don't know when the movement was serviced last or if it has been more than 5 years then you should get it serviced before wearing it. Dirt and dry oil WILL damage it.

If you take it to a jeweler they will most likely farm it out to a watchmaker so it's probably best to take it to a watchmaker. Go to NAWCC.org and you can look for watchmakers in your area. There are also watchmakers here so all you have to do is ask.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 6:30pm

To Mr Smith - Thank you for the kind words!

I never thought of a watch as being 'art' but with your words, it makes sense.

The case is stamped  'Bulova 14k'  so I don't know if it is plated or not.

Unfortunately I don't have any children - so no grandchildren - which is why I have marked the watch 'for sale' - I am not sure that my  neice (husbands side) would appreciate it and would hate for it to get broken and/or tossed.

I have learned so much from this site - i just can't get over it!



Posted June 6, 2012 - 6:33pm

If it were filled or plated, it would say so.  Just "14k" means solid.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 6:36pm

To Darhin -

Thank you for the info about service - and on who to take it to.  I am always a little hesitant to take things to be worked on by someone I don't know or that doesn't come HIGHLY reccomended.  I take my vehicles to the mechanic 45 min away from home because he's that good and well trusted!

According to the inside back cover - the last time the watch was serviced was back in 1987 - which would be the last time since she passed in 1994 - and hasn't been worn by anyone since. It's been in a jewelry box and zip lock baggie.



Posted June 7, 2012 - 5:16am

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I guess you could call it square :-)

Good question.