Bulova 1950 Berkshire

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Posted April 26, 2011 - 10:41pm

I think they appear Black because if they didn't you would not be able to distinguish the bezel features from the background.

This was probably a copied black & white photo of the watch back in 1955  (I don't think they had scanners back then) and in order to show the features of the fancy numbered/marked outer bezel ring, you would have to "darken"  or contrast the features.

Berkshire & Air King, 1950 -1955 for now unless an another ad surfaces.

Elgin Doug
Posted April 26, 2011 - 10:55pm

But the other thing is that, where your watch has notches for the hours - which would appear darker than their surroundings - the watches in the pics show bright marks for the hours.

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Posted April 26, 2011 - 10:57pm

So crystal specs from a third party catalog are good enough to make an ID, but actual documentation from Bulova showing the names of the watches is not.  Go figure.

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Posted April 27, 2011 - 5:39am

You're catching on.....

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Posted April 27, 2011 - 9:48am

What I've "caught on" to is that your refusal to accept the names of these watches based on documentation provided directly from Bulova makes no logical sense, particularly in light of your regular acceptance of significantly lesser evidence--sometimes, in fact, none at all that actually supports your ID.

That's just my opinion, of course, but the lack of consistency, the refusal to go along with the forum even on a tentative basis, and the absence of any objectively applied standards is off-putting to say the least.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted April 27, 2011 - 1:28am

I agree with Old Ticker, don't build a federal case out of a Bulova drawing, it is shaded to show contrast. It was difficult enough to get two different colors of gold together on the bezel, let alone enameling. You are lucky to get the shape of the watch with the publishing technology1950s. Until more definative data is gathered, use what you have for the ID of each watch. The appropriate drawing & pictures of each watch, plus the Canadian ad.




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Posted April 27, 2011 - 7:39am

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Posted April 27, 2011 - 11:53am

I think it was enameled....easy enough to place a ring around the dial to keep the enamel in during heating....havent seen another 'darkened for contrast ' anything from Bulova...everything is shown as is, not modified for easier distinction. Now some artists renditions do show shading and such but Ive seen no photos that were modified to clarify differences.
If it was enameled, we could have several diff names, or just year to year variant. This watch enameled I believe would have sold a lot, yet we've only seen a few and none were enameled so really who knows lol

Posted April 27, 2011 - 12:06pm

We don't have any other Bulova 1950 black and white photocopies to compare this to, so how do you know it's not darkening and typical?

I think you're just being a toublemaker, Shooter.  You must love talking about these same two watches ad nauseam. 

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Posted April 27, 2011 - 2:07pm

That was my point...no other modified copies to show contrast....to me (and its just an opinion ) the darkening looks too even and very precise to be photocopy related...just looking at whats here and tossing out an opinion. We have no real facts to use so opinions are all we have at this point.

And as you post on this at least as often as I why would my posts be considered excessive to a sickening degree??