Bulova 1949 -Unknown

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Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Symbol: 
49 (A9)
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1088433
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Crystal Details: 
CMT360-11
Additional Information: 

I thought I had seen this one before, but I can't seem to locate it. The Lugs look like those on the 1942 "ENGINEER"

GS Crystal CMT360-11 is a perfect fit. It is a BULOVA Crystal, but here is no name designation on the package.

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Posted May 1, 2012 - 2:15pm

Jeff,

There was an ad showing this Case as the 'ENGINEER'.

NOVA
Posted May 1, 2012 - 2:30pm

This is one of my favorite models.  I have one in yellow gold and one in red.  They've been seen with a variety of dials.

Excerpt is from a 1942 ad.  I didn't check to see if the ad is still in the database, but I know it was there at one time, because that's where I got this excerpt.

 

WAIT!  Now that I look at your watch and this ad and my two watches, I don't think yours is an Engineer.  The Engineer has straight sides and a rectangular crystal.

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timerestoration
Posted May 1, 2012 - 2:31pm

The CMT360-11 is 25.4mm X 19.5MM

NOVA
Posted May 1, 2012 - 2:40pm

1949 is also pretty late for the Engineer.  My Engineers are both dated 1939, and the only ad we have for the Engineer is dated 1942.

I think you've got something altogether different, which is cool. 

G-S 43 lists that crystal for the Newton, but I want to check that against later catalogs.

 

. . . I don't see any models listed in G-S 52 for that crystal.

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timerestoration
Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:05pm

I think the case looks earlier than a 1949.

I suppose someone could have replaced the movement with a later one at some point.

NOVA
Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:37pm

If you discard the movement and date the watch by the case design and serial number, 1941 would be the logical conclusion.  That puts it in the same time frame as the similar Engineer, and that means that "Newton" may be the proper ID, per the 1943 crystal catalog.

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timerestoration
Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:44pm

Yeah...that makes more sense to me.

bourg01
Posted May 6, 2012 - 10:30am

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Boy, does this take me back. This model is the very 1st vintage watch I bought 10 rears ago and I credit it for getting me started. Mine is dated to 1940 by both case and movement.

 

Sure would be nice finding a solid ID for this one.

 

NOVA
Posted May 6, 2012 - 10:41am

I agree.  It's a very nice model.  Perhaps "Newton" would make a reasonable tentative ID, based on the crystal information recorded above?

I have not found another model listed for that crystal for the appropriate time period, but it would be great if others would double-check those findings and chime in to the discussion.

bourg01
Posted May 6, 2012 - 10:53am

Panel Member

Catalogue 100 only shows it as Bulova as does catalgue # 60. Same thing in the 1948 B&B cat. No help at all there.