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Bulova 1934 Craftsman

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The BULOVA "CRAFTSMAN," Circa 1934. (to 1938?) 15 Jewels, 14 karat Yellow gold rolled plate, at $29.75. (Apparently produced until at least 1937, as the "redialer" artiste' had advertised, some time ago?)


Best  :-)   Scott

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Posted March 28, 2012 - 9:39am


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William Smith
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Posted March 28, 2012 - 12:45pm

THere is no watch associated w/ this record, and I am not assuming that the star rating is is for the legitimacy of the ad.   I believe this is an artifact of the older DB entries and early site protocol for entering ads as watch records.  Maybe there was a watch associated w/ this record, and when it was determined to be incorrect ID, the actual watch was removed.  Maybe this ad was in question, and it ended up entered hear in the early days.  I don't know and it's not clear.  IMO the easiest thing to do with these types of records is be aware of their meaning/intent at the time they were entered.  I can ignore the star rating, as I am aware of these record discrepancies, however it may not be clear to newer members and/or guests/others as to what these ad records mean.  

While there are ads which have been debated as incorrect (typo, older pics and/or text used as copy for advertisers in future year(s) which were not detected by ad QA\QC, etc...), those discrepancies are now discussed in the comments of various watch records, or in forum posts, - not as actual "known/unknown" records. 

If I am correct about these types of records, perhaps a disclaimer somewhere would be easy to ad to the site, so others know what they now mean. 

Any suggestions or ideas from other members (again, not just panel members, but all members, as I believe panel members listen to all members, and the site grows based on input from all members). 

Posted March 28, 2012 - 1:04pm

There are many ad-only entries in the database, and I think they are helpful to demonstrate a model, particularly when we don't have an actual example of the watch.  It is a simple way of indexing the ads, and that's something that really needs to be done for all the ads, IMO.

In this particular case, there was originally a picture of a watch posted with the ad, but it had a very badly redone dial and was a photo taken from an eBay listing, rather than a picture of a watch actually owned by a member.  My comment above, which I deleted this morning, was a criticism of that photo and was no longer relevant because the photo has since been removed.  This listing is more helpful without the actual watch photo, IMO, as it was quite misleading regarding what this model ought to look like.

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William Smith
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Posted March 28, 2012 - 4:26pm

Thanks Nova          I agree it serves this purpose nicely, as long as folks know this when viewing.  Comments address that.   

The stars are not prevalent, so can be ignored.

There is a search ads by model name (in development) pulldown menu at the search ads homepage. If it is developed and functional, may serve this purpose too. It's nice to have both watches and  model ads indexed in some easy format.  This record/example also shows what a 1934 Craftsman looks like, verses an ad search which may pull up all years of Craftsman ads w/o this distinction.  The Craftsman is a different watch based on year of manufacture and/or year of ad.  Maybe a combined  search including by Model Name (in development) AND 2. ad year      will only pull up the 1934 Craftsman ads, for this example? 

I like being able to see an example of what a model should look like even if there is no watch yet.  and IMO there is no problem with them appearing in both the watch record and the search ad by model function.

Posted March 28, 2012 - 4:47pm

The pic of the eBay watch--with an obviously inauthentic, horrible dial--that used to be posted here probably explains the 1 star rating.

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Posted March 28, 2012 - 5:41pm

3 from Me.