Bulova 1951 Brigadier

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
8AC
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
4570676
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1951 Brigadier

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bobbee
Posted July 31, 2014 - 6:06am

Err, eerrrm, uhmm, Brigadier, maybe?

Nice one jabs! Love the inscription, I can't understand anyone NOT liking vintage watches with them!

Bob.

jabs
Posted July 31, 2014 - 6:35am

Panel Member

I have not found a better advert, but this suits me

mybulova_admin
Posted July 31, 2014 - 10:20am

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I'm thinking it's from 1951 for some reason :-)

Looks nice and crisp as well. Brigadier works for me

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William Smith
Posted July 31, 2014 - 12:44pm

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1951 Brigadier?  What's the difference between the Douglas of this period and Brigadier?  Here's Plains 1948 Douglas, and Admin's 1951 Douglas.

jabs
Posted July 31, 2014 - 1:15pm

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here is another view for comparison

Brigadier I guess because I found relevant advert from 1951

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William Smith
Posted July 31, 2014 - 1:29pm

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It does look just like the Brigadier ad from 1951....but also similar to the Douglas ads from time period.   I'm looking for some of these ads now.
Here's Admin's watch record (albiet short on photos and info) of what is currently ID'ed as a 1951 Douglas.

jabs
Posted July 31, 2014 - 1:52pm

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Will I agree with you, they are similar, if not identical. Our tip but I always try to support in some advert and in 1951 I found only Brigadier. Douglas, I found in 1949 here http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1949-12.jpg, with black numerals.

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bobbee
Posted August 1, 2014 - 3:57am

This ad from 1948 is for the Brigadier. We also have several ads in the part 1940-49 ads from 1949 for the Brigadier. Any ads for the Douglas from 1948-on will be old stock ads selling older models, as the Brigadier ads for the new name from 1948-on are new stock.

To summarize, pre-48 = Douglas, post 47 = Brigadier or Ambassador, depending on the bracelet as shown in the second 1949 ad.

 

1948 ad.

 

 

 

1949 ad.

 

Geoff Baker
Posted August 1, 2014 - 5:25am

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Lucky guy this Bud fellow. I go along witht the date theory, I say it's a Brigadier. I'd also say the band look original.

jabs
Posted August 1, 2014 - 6:04am

Panel Member

I also think that the band is genuine. The watches are indeed pretty preserved.