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When did Bulova start stamping the case number on the inside of the case back?
Hopefully someone knows the exact year but i believe it was sometime during the early 1970s. .
I have the 1974 Case Parts Catalog with hundreds of cases listed. I have no proof just guessing mid to late 1960's? But would like a more definitive date.
A funny quote from the Catalog: "There are a very small number of old unnumbered cases which are still in the field. If you receive one, and can't identify it properly, forward it on to the case department."
I guess I just happen to have a very small number of the very small number still in the field with unnumbered cases!
Wow a small number being everything made between 1920s and the 1960s. That's no small number!! :-)
The 3 to 5 digit numbers are normally engraved or stamped in black ink.
Didn't they start stamping the case#'s in ink in the late '50's, early '60's?
do I hear 1930's?
Okay, so no easy answer. I guess it will have to be trial and error. So everyone, open your case backs, identify the year and we'll see who has the earliest model with a stamp on the case!
Caseback stamped 48 (1948).
The inside is ink stamped with the Case reference # 3-67P
(1948 HIS EXCELLENCY "UU")
It would be interesting to see if anyone has anything dated earlier.
The trouble with the ink stamps are that they wash off at the cleaners....
Case reference # 36E