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Bulova 1946 Thelma

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1946

Movement Symbol: 

Square

Movement Model: 

6AH

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

G082167

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau Shape

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

I seem to be drawn to the 1940s.  This watch didn't have a pic of the movement but it looked like it was in good condition and I found an ad that I thought matched so I took a chance.  It is a 1946 Thelma I believe.  I was expecting yellow gold but was delighted to find it is 14K rose gold plate with a matching rose face and band.  It is working and keeping time.  If you see another ad I missed please let me know and thank you in advance for confirming or correcting the name.  

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1946 Bulova Thelma watch
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Bulova 1945 Thelma

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1945

Movement Symbol: 

Triangle

Movement Model: 

6AH

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

F194584

Case shape: 

Oval

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

As the triangle mark was for 1926, 35 or 45, I entered 1945.  I figure I have a one in three shot at getting it right.

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1945 Bulova Thelma watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch
1945 Bulova watch

Bulova 1946 Thelma

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1946

Movement Symbol: 

Square

Movement Model: 

6AH

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

G080199

Case shape: 

Square

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

approx 11mm x 11mm

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Here is my Grandmother Eva's Bulova watch, recently found when my Mother began to clean out her former house.  We believe it was purchased in the 1940's, or possibly the 30's.  The movement date code (a square) seems to place it in 1936, but that is somewhat at odds with Internet comments regarding case codes, which indicate that 1st-character letters were not common until the 1940's.

From browsing the watches listed on MyBulova, I find it most similar to:
- 1942 Goddess of Time
- a watch listed as "Bulova 1943 - Unknown", but identified in a post by one of the Admin's as a model called the "Joy".  [Grandma's has a similar 'rose gold' color, and similar hands and dial markings]

I do not know the vocabulary of case shapes, as offered in the MyBulova form's dropdown. I would call it 'square', but I welcome the correction of experts :-)

Here are the details I've gathered that may be confirmed by inspecting the pictures:

Dial signatures: - BULOVA - SWISS   Movement markings:  - Unadjusted  - 17 Seventeen Jewels  - Swiss - ◻️ (square date code symbol) - 6AH (movement model, in rectangular border) - Bulova Watch Co.  - BXW   Inside case markings: - Bulova - 14k Rolled Gold Plate Bezel  - Stainless Back - New York   Outside case markings: - Bulova  - G080199   Strap clasp markings:  - 1/20 - 12k - B - 3   The crown is NOT marked.   Your help in identifying this small piece of our family history is much appreciated!

 

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