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Bulova 1935 Commodore

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Picked this old gent up today boys!  Fantastic etching around the bezel.  This ones going to need quite a bit to get back up to snuff.  Dial, glass, balance staff, hands.... can't wait to see how awesome this one is going to look when it's all said and done.

As near as I can tell this is a yellow gold Commadore with etching around the bezel where all advertisements we have for this don't have it.  So... either this is a variant case for the Commadore... or... as Bulova seems to do... it's probably some unknown name!

At first I though maybe a Kenmore like this 1937 Ad... But the lugs are way off.

The hidden lugs as well as the numbers and the rest of the watch on this Commadore are perfect other than the non-etched bezel.


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Posted October 12, 2011 - 6:47pm

With all of the models that Bulova had in the 30's and 40's that came in both plain and engraved versions, I would say that you do indeed have a commodore.



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Posted October 12, 2011 - 7:13pm

Commadore for sure gets my vote.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 11:03pm

Hrm... whose the two star guy?  I'm supposing it's because of the etching?  I know... I know.. Bulova loved to put etching on something and then call it a different name.  I can't argue with you there... WAY to many examples of that out there...

Posted October 13, 2011 - 12:29am

Well, not to throw another wrench into the mix, but a 1936 ad shows that the commodore was white gold and the yellow gold version was called the Apollo.  Still no mention of the engraving.

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 1:40pm

Good catch.

Posted October 13, 2011 - 2:46pm

Well, it's easier when I can read the ad. ;-}'s picture
Posted October 13, 2011 - 3:58pm

Perhaps then there are still several others... in say 15 & 17 Jewel options, just from the 1930s??


:-)  Scott

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 5:23pm



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William Smith
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 4:15pm

now it's like 1 star. what's up

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William Smith
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Posted November 16, 2012 - 3:06am

Two ticks from me.  Lets find that engraved version ad.