Bulova 1948 -Unknown

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48 (A8)
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This is in the Military style with the enclosed case.  The crystal is removed from the front giving access to the movement.  I know we've been calling these Military but they're not stamped in the back so hopefully we can find a civilian name for this watch.

I think this is a rarer black dial as I haven't seen a black dialed model of this watch until this one and numrous white ones.

The crown is missing and it needs an extreme clean soon.  This one will be taking a trip to Timemachines.

I also have a white dialed one on the way and will post them side by side when I can.

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Bob Bruno
Posted February 26, 2011 - 6:08pm

Club 5000

The hands on the Seabee look more like Plains watch to me.

My 2c

Bob B

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Wayne Hanley
Posted February 26, 2011 - 6:17pm

SeaBee looks like my watch. Do you know what the date of the circus ad? The early Water Tite (Swiss) & Watertight (USA) had  Water Tite on the dial under the bulov signature.



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Wayne Hanley
Posted February 26, 2011 - 7:09pm

I hereby designate this watch a SeaBee!

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Posted February 27, 2011 - 7:39am

Again showing a watch (#3) as the 'WATER TITE'.

'WATER TITE' - 15 AND 17 Jewels.

'SEABEE' -  17 Jewels.

The Center Seconds or a Sub Dial variant has no bearing as both have been shown being named the 'WATER TITE'.



Posted March 25, 2012 - 2:05pm

The signature and serial number style on the case of the subject watch are very distinctive and match the markings in four watches that I own, i.e.:

  • 1941 Watertite (reads "Watertite" on the dial, subseconds)
  • 1942 Watertite (reads "Watertite" on the dial, center sweep seconds)
  • 1947 Watertite (center sweep seconds)
  • 1951 Magellan (center sweep seconds; believed to be Magellan rather than Watertite due to chrome plating and "Stainless Steel Back" inside the case versus "Stainless Steel")

I have not seen this style of signature (inside only sig reading "Bulova Watch Co. Swiss") along with the non-standard, inside the case serial number, in any other model.

The 1942 Watertite ad specifies a 17J movement, as do the later Watertite, Magellan/Seabee ads.