Bulova 1946 Tuxedo

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It's either a Craftsman or a Tuxedo, though I don't have the original band. I went with Tuxedo because of the contrasting color of the sub-seconds area.

Overall Length: 38mm

Width: 21mm


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DarHin's picture
Posted January 31, 2012 - 8:56pm

Ok, so would this be a Craftsman "C"?

Posted February 2, 2012 - 8:58am

Note that the ads don't list a Craftsman "C", rather only a Tuxedo "C", which is the white gold version. Only the Tuxedo is shown in white gold in any ad.  I think it's telling that we have an ad that lists the various versions of both the Craftsman and the Tuxedo, and in that list is not a white gold Craftsman.

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Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:13am

I think I remember reading another thread with the same arguement of what differentiates a Tuxedo from a Craftsman. I only sugested a Craftsman "C" if the criteria was going to be that it does not have the original solid gold bracelet. I really don't think it can be called a Craftsman though because according to the 1946 ad there was no such animal offered in white gold.

Hypothetical: If a watch named "Prince" was only ever offered with a metal bracelet and that bracelet becomes lost does the "Prince" now become "The Watch Formerly Known As"?



Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:21am

Haha!  According to Fifth, yes, that is what it would be called. 

Posted January 31, 2012 - 10:15pm

After looking at all the ads and considering the matter, I still believe that you have a Tuxedo, albeit missing its matching, solid gold band.  The color combination that you have is only seen and described in association with the Tuxedo.  The leather band on yours is not the one shown in the Craftsman ad, and is most likely a later replacement.  Probably, someone along the way melted down the gold band and substituted the leather.

That's just my opinion.  Others may differ.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 1, 2012 - 12:32am

The Watch can't be the 'TUXEDO' without the bracelet, it's the Solid Gold bracelet that makes 2 otherwise identical Watches differ.


Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:16am

The Craftsman is not shown or described in any of the ads as being offered in white gold.

Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:19am

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I would concurr with Lisa, White Gold Tuxedo. This ad indicates the Tuxedo was available with both gold and leather bands. No reference to any model name change due to bands. 3 Stars from me.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 2, 2012 - 11:18am


The ad states the Watch is also available on Leather with no mention of the Model Name.

The Model Name of the Watch on Leather is the 'CRAFTSMAN' as shown in the database ad 1946 - 4 and in 1946 ad 1 below.

and again in 1946 ad 3

Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:55am

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Me too.. 3 stars.  Mostly to go opposite of what mark is saying.