Bulova 1946 Squadron "B"

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3
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
46
Movement Model: 
8AH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
6990685
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Watch is in 14k Rose gold with a bronze face.

I believe it to be an 1950 Squadron.

Not sure what the "BXW" marking is on the movement.

No date marking other than both a 46 and a 51?

Watch is in very good condition, runs smoothly and keeps good time.

Was bought on eBay on the 01/12/2015 for $US 52.

 

 

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gary_radley
Posted January 6, 2015 - 1:35am

Comments on the meaning of the "BXW" stamped on the movements would be very appreciated, as I have not as yet been able to find any information on this.

gary_radley
Posted January 6, 2015 - 1:37am

Funny that I have to make a comment so that i can select the notifications of comments?

Am I doing this right?

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bobbee
Posted January 6, 2015 - 2:42am

Hi, the BXW is the Swiss export code for Bulova. All movements from Switzerland exported have an import/export code. On Bulovas, it is always found on the balance cock.

Your watch datea from 1946, the '46' on the movement and the case serial no. begins with 6.

The 51 is probably the manufacturer's ebauche calibre.

Nice Squadron 'B'.

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William Smith
Posted January 6, 2015 - 2:56am

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Bobbee  I thought the BXW was the Swiss to USA import code, not required by Swiss Export but required by USA to import a Swiss?   ...but I've been wrong before.

Nice 1946 Squadron "B"

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bobbee
Posted January 6, 2015 - 3:29am

William Smith wrote:

Bobbee  I thought the BXW was the Swiss to USA import code, not required by Swiss Export but required by USA to import a Swiss?   ...but I've been wrong before.

Nice 1946 Squadron "B"

 

That's what I was trying (badly!) to convey...

All movements exported from Switzerland, regardless of manufacturer or buyer, had to have import codes in the US.

Here is a list of all/most known codes.

http://www.ranfft.de/uhr/info-uscode-e.html

gary_radley
Posted January 6, 2015 - 3:09am

Hi

When I go back and look at the '46 cf the '50 squadrons, I can see the difference.

The '46 has just dot markings for the hours.

The '50's models have numbers for 3, 9 and 12 hours.

Thanks for that information.

 

Geoff Baker
Posted January 6, 2015 - 7:33am

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Hi Gary, looks like you've got a growing Bulova collection. I warn you, Bulovitis is incurable but not luckily, not fatal. Welcome to the ward, the doctors are always in.

I agree that this one is a '46 Squadron B, a nice looking example too. I'm wondering, looking at your comments above, how it is that you bought it next Monday? I might need a dose of that! Can you please update the date in the record?

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bobbee
Posted January 6, 2015 - 8:20am

You somehow already manage to go back Geoff, no need to go forwards too! :-)

gary_radley
Posted January 6, 2015 - 5:16pm

Being from Australia, I stated the date the correct and logical way to state a date, the day, then the month and then the year.

Just becasue the US does it differently, month, day and year ( how silly is that ?) does not make it correct.

Maybe the US needs to catch up with the rest of the world?

Not US bashing ( have spent over 4 months over the years travelling around the US ) but would make is easier for everyone else in the world.

Have a few other Bulova watches I have collected over the last few months that I will list now that I have a macro stand for my camera.

 

 

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William Smith
Posted January 6, 2015 - 5:38pm

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The US tried conforming with going metric, but the Drugstore Truck Driving Man- Pres Ronnie Regan - on his way out as lame duck, did a Presidential Order shooting down the US going metric.   

I hear you- we US folks often say the UK butcher the English language with "incorrect pronunciations" of words like Schedule or Nugget...yet they invented the language, so it's a US-centric view we sometimes place on the rest of the world LOL..