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Bulova 1939 Alden

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1939

Movement Symbol: 

Shield

Movement Model: 

10AE

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

9820417

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This is the watch I posted a question about yesterday. Everything seems to match the Alden but for the RGP back. One of the Alden adverts says it has a stainless back?  SO Alden or not fellow Bulovites....

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Bulova 1936 Alden

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1936

Movement Symbol: 

Circle

Movement Model: 

10AN

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

612369

Case shape: 

Cushion

Additional Information

I believe this is a first entry for an early model Alden. The flip-case serial number starts with a six, but the movement symbol of a circle suggests 1934. This movement also appears to be a late model 15J 10AN manufactured in the USA. Most of my other 1920s and 1930's 10AN's are Swiss made movements. This Alden is first seen in an ad in 1935, but the ads show a different numbered dial. This dial is similar, almost identical, to my 1936 Oakley in that it has a unique raised track dial - there is no printing on it...it's all raised gold and it only has hour markers and no numbers. I'll probably have this dial refinsihed because they come out really nice (see my Oakley as an example) and there no chance for mis-printing the dial since it only requires background color refinishing and painting the raised gold highlights. Flip-case is actually in very nice condition except a little wear-through. I'm probably going to have the bezel replated and it will shine like new - that's why I like these non-etched bezels because they can be replated and look new again without any detraction to the original design. I'll leave the case back as it is because you won't see the wear through there anyway. The case on one end reads, "Bulova" (small print above) "10k Rolled Gold Plate" with the Serial Number printed on the other end. 

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Bulova 1944 Alden

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1944

Movement Symbol: 

Omega

Movement Model: 

10BE

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

4074218

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Crystal Details: 

curved

Additional Information

 This watch is unknown to me, I put 'Alden' as my best guess, judging from the ads. I found a lookalike in number 27 ad. What is different, however, is the inner chapter index, which I can't recall having seen before. Under magnification, it appears that the sub second index has been darkened by hand.  It bears both an engraved Omega type symbol, as well as the star or snowflake, which is struck. This gives two consecutive years of 1940-41. 

The movement is a 10BE, which is an ETA 900, 15 jewel with Breguet overcoil. The case is very slightly curved, and crystal dimensions are 17x24.5, with a bulge to 18mm in the middle. The case is marked "Bulova Quality" on the edge of the outside, caseback, and bears no markings other than watchmaker's service marks (now including my own) within. It runs pretty good with a delta of about ten seconds in three positions.

What sayeth you, learned colleagues? Alden? 

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Bulova watch
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Bulova 1940 Alden

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1940

Movement Symbol: 

Omega

Movement Model: 

10ae

Movement Serial No.: 

-
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Bulova watch
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Bulova 1940 Alden

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1940

Movement Symbol: 

Omega

Movement Model: 

10AX

Movement Serial No.: 

-
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1940 Alden