Bulova 1949 Chief

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Hi all

I've just received this nice little watch, but im having difficulty in identifying it. I think it may be a Clinton but the ones on the site have different movements to the one i have also there seems to be a number of differing names for this case depending on the year of manufacture. I would greatly appreciate any help members could give me in determining which model it actually is.

It is a nice clean watch running well and with very little patina on the dial. It came complete with a genuine bulova brown leather strap which i think is of the same vintage as the watch . Crystal is glass

The case is yellow Gold plated

marked 10k rolled gold plate and the serial number is 9406888


Kind regards to all


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bobbee's picture
Posted November 18, 2014 - 5:01am

mybulova_admin wrote:

No doubt off a crystal reference that was incorrect.

I've updated that listing accordingly.


Good one.

Posted November 17, 2014 - 10:20am

The plot thickens  :)

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Posted November 18, 2014 - 9:00pm

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I'm good with 1949 Chief; we have three ads from 1949 that appear identical to the subject watch, a Chief, a Clinton, and an Amer Clipper. I notice a slightly larger 12 on the dial for both Chief and Clinton ads and on subj watch; I am not sure I see this with the Am Clipper Ad.  The seconds track area shows some differences for these 1949 ads; the Chief has numerals, as does the subj watch. The other two ads do not have the numerals (however a Clinton ad from 1947 has the numerals). This may be minor and just omitted by the artist; but these three are just so identical, it is hard to find any differences.

Posted November 19, 2014 - 11:06am

Hi All

I have just recieved the another one of this model. This one is marked 46 and the movement is a 17j 8AH. the serial number is 6442002. As this is a 1946 model am I correct in assuming this will be a Kickerbocker. ?

It is identical to the other watch above except for the movement and date mark.  

I intend to keep this one and sell the other one as the dial is in a much better condition

regards to all.


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William Smith
Posted November 23, 2014 - 12:33am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi George.  Please enter the '46 in the new watch database if you have time/desire.  The more examples of this multi-named/advertised watch the better.  
For this one here, I'm good with 1949 Chief, but would go two ticks tentative, as there's lots of "noise" in this watch ID.