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Bulova 1939 Banker

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26+mm X 15mm curved

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I hope if I have this wrong someone will correct me. There were two I found that looked the same, the "Banker" I believe was the other but it stated that it had a curved crystal, this one said curved crystal and back. Runs but missing second hand. Band marked Bretton.  It sure is a very nice looking watch.


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shooter144's picture
Posted August 20, 2011 - 10:14pm

Nice watch !! That seconds hand is very tiny and may be in the case somewhere....happens alot.

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Posted August 20, 2011 - 11:30pm

I'd go with the Banker. 10AE/10AN second hand should be easy to come by on ebay.

Terry K.
Posted August 22, 2011 - 8:56am

Hi All,

Well does anyone know for sure?

Banker or Chief?

All I went by was the ad description.


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Posted August 23, 2011 - 6:51am

Terry, what ad did you use for the Chief ID?

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 10:44am

'BANKER' IMO - Non-engraved Case looks to have a Gold back (typical for pre 1940) and 'CHIEF' was not available in 1939?

'BANKER' - Rolled Gold Plate with Gold back, - thicker lugs.

'CHIEF' - Rolled Gold Plate w/ Stainless Steel back first seen in 1942 +/-


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Posted August 23, 2011 - 5:59pm

Going to say Banker... The Chief had scrolling down the sides of the Bezel.  The Banker was smooth bezeled.

Terry K.
Posted August 23, 2011 - 6:31pm

HI All,

Thanks for the info.

I am changing to "Banker". If anyone finds out more that is different, please let me know.

I have not had a chance to find the ads yet that I based my initial thoughts on, but will if I get a chance.


Posted March 18, 2012 - 2:20am

See my bankr in the postings. It is identical. Nice watch and My vote is banker too.


Posted March 19, 2012 - 12:09am

Notice the bottom of just a little of the 6 is showing. I am convinced it is a banker. My banker is identuical. The seconds hand will accept a 7AK according to my Bulova interchange book.


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William Smith
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Posted August 7, 2012 - 7:47pm

Terry  any chance you still have this watch for some measurements?

We also have a white back Banker from 1940, however I don't see any Banker ads for white back.  All gold or inferred as all gold (none saying "white back" or similar verbiage).  Did I miss a white back ad in 1939/40?

JP's 1941 Banker has a white back....