Bulova 1947 Douglas

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So.... what's the Bulova "O" on the movement?

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 7:39am

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I'm good with the Douglas, generic for now.

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 8:29am

As to the "O" on the movement, I no longer think it is a stamped "O". I think it's some sort of pin that extends through the plate because of the 8AE being a "covered winding" (Bestfit catalog). There are 2 more "O"'s, one bottom right of the USA stamp and another by the thingy to release tension on the mainspring.

Any watchmakers have an opinion on this?

Just in case it wasn't obvious this is a wild guess on my part since I have NO experience with movements other than pulling the occasional waterproof stem and a couple of dial swaps.


Posted July 27, 2012 - 8:59am

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Darren, Your exactly correct, those "O's" are the ends of screws used on the underside of the bridgeplate.

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 10:30pm

Great info Shawn, thanks. I didn't think of a screw.

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 6:37pm

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We can publish as Douglas generic.  If so, what year? Case SN 9 but mvnt 48.

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

'49 Douglas, no variant.

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 7:01pm

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If I mentioned something about the 'O' marking, I've forgotten what it was, but you have this one sussed. I thought we were going with case SN as the definitive 'release' date for the watch? Someone told me it was applied as the production run was happening, and this is why it sometimes, or, oftentimes, differs from the movt SN. 

Douglas generic is my vote. It could be a re-dial, although it looks to have some age on it.

Posted July 27, 2012 - 9:36pm

Douglas generic my vote

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Posted July 27, 2012 - 10:32pm

I don't know if it's a redial but the style is consistant with grey dials of the era.

Posted July 27, 2012 - 11:32pm

The correct year gets iffy on these 46'-49' models, sometimes the case serial works and many times it makes no sense at all, I would vote 48' Douglas, no variant,  Black/Grey dial is usually shown with a White Gold case on Bulova models.

P.S. Thats a funky reflection around the crystal Jerin, almost makes it a 2-tone...: )