Bulova 1948 Beau Brummel

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Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Model: 
unk
Case Serial No.: 
2451555
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I would like information on this watch. My grandfather bougt it new in 1949 and worn it everyday till he died in 1968. I have had it ever since. It shows wear but works so,  I had it cleaned,  oiled and adjusted. I would like information on it. I would like to know what model it is and if the band was original.

Thank You

Dan

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js8419 1949 Bulova Beau Brummel 08 12 2014
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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 4, 2010 - 11:25pm

Dan, looks like a 'Squadron' model. If You look at the top of the page there is a Search, click 'Search Buova models', in the drop down menu look for Squadron.

js8419
Posted December 4, 2010 - 11:27pm

Thanks I give it a go. How about the band. Would a Bulova band ba marked?

mybulova_admin
Posted December 5, 2010 - 2:35am

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I agree with the 'Squadron' model. A nice variant on the dial which I'm sure is original.

The band however will not be Bulova. I don't believe they ventured into the band business. They usually used a third party manufacurer.

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted December 5, 2010 - 6:42am

The Case and Movement (also?) are Bulova. (i.e. the "Squadron.") The dial is most likely an aftermarket (jeweler) installed "upgrade?" This is the first one I've ever seen, with this dial... And this design was most likely targeting the "military" market, so the dial is therefore almost certainly, "custom..." 

 

BEST :-)  Scott

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Stephen Ollman
Posted December 5, 2010 - 6:48am

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Scott, I've seen a number of these exact red ruby style dials over the years so I don't think its a custom job. A typical Bulova variant IMO.

In fact the very first Bulova watch I almost bought on ebay 6 years back had exactly this kind of dial.

GVP
Posted December 5, 2010 - 9:42am

 Stephen I agree, I have owned a number with these dials, they are usually late 1940's - mid 1950's models as opposed to the earlier - mid 1940's.

I have had a few Bulova watches with Bulova marked expandable bands which they also date coded either below the Bulova or on the opposite end, however I believe they usually used generic makes such as Kriesler/Speidel. I have only ever see the Bulova ones marked post 1951.

 

Gary

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 5, 2010 - 3:44pm

 'In fact the very first Bulova watch I almost bought on ebay 6 years back had exactly this kind of dial.'

Which, when translated means: 'I was outbid on and am still angry to this day about'. 

 

: )

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Stephen Ollman
Posted December 5, 2010 - 5:47pm

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Talk about reading between the lines. damn you're good.

In fact I'm glad I didn't win it as I ended up finding another model that also caught my eye....the Bulova Lone Eagle....the rest they say is history!

Actually the existence of this site and my passion for Bulova watches can be partly put down to me not winning....

:-)

OldTicker
Posted December 5, 2010 - 12:32pm

This Dial seems like it was quite popular in the 50's, the dial maker must have made a fortune selling these Rhinestone Dials to the Watch Manufactures...

I am sure I have seen more brands with this same dial.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted December 5, 2010 - 1:53pm

js

I have pictures of 3 differnt watches in my files showing a Squadron case like yours with the ruby dial.

Wayne