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Bulova 1939 Ben Hur

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26.5mm X 17.3mm



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Nice 1939 non-engraved version of the "Ben Hur" 21J 10AE movement with a shield symbol, Satin White dial with raised Gold numbers and hands, Gold bezel and caseback marked B-10K Gold filled, Kreisler Quality rice bead band.

Very nice original timepiece.

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Posted September 11, 2011 - 8:51pm

OK OT, even though it's used, I'll give you the $42.50, but I'll be damned it I'm going to pay expedited shipping!!! ;-)  Looks great.

Posted September 11, 2011 - 9:48pm

Here is an interesting site Bob,

$42.50 in 1939 has the buying power of $690.77 in 2011

I guess for that I could ship it for free! ; )

Posted September 12, 2011 - 11:26am

Great link OT, If I could turn back the hands of time (pun intended) I'd be a "Hundred-aire" :-(  I've got to quit buying watches!                   Yea, like that's gonna happen!

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 12:55pm

Goes to show the real value of theses 'Old Tickers ' eh???

Average Cost of new house $3,800.00
Average wages per year $1,730.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Average Cost for house rent $28.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 8 cents
A LB of Hamburger Meat 14 cents
Average Price for new car $700.00
Toaster $16.00

Potatoes, 18 cents for 10 pounds
Sugar, 49 cents for 10 pounds
Soap, Lifebuoy, 17 cents for 3 bars

Hot Cross Buns 16 Cents per dozen
Campbells Tomato Soup 4 cans for 25 cents
Oranges 2 dozen 25 cents
Kellogs Corn Flakes 3 Pkgs 25 cents
Mixed Nuts 19 Cents per pound
Pork Loin Roast 15 cents per pound 
Channel Cat Fish 28 cents per pound


Elgin Doug
Posted September 12, 2011 - 3:44pm

I'm always tickled to buy a watch in good condition for less in 2011 dollars than it cost in then-current dollars. 

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 4:18pm


'CALHOUN' ? 21J non engraved Bezel.

Sorry about the image, it's the only one We have for some reason.

Posted September 12, 2011 - 4:52pm

Mark, are you saying that Greg's watch is a Calhoun and not a Ben Hur? Is the watch your showing supported by a ad or is it a watch that was posted prior to the star rating system? IMO the watch and ad posted by Greg are a match. Any clarification on the watch you posted above would be appreciated, Bob

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 5:07pm


The 'BEN HUR' has an engraved Bezel, the 'CALHOUN' is also 21J and does not, there is an ad somewhere.

I'm not 100% positive the Watch is a 'CALHOUN' just raising an objective question for discussion.

Posted September 12, 2011 - 5:16pm

I hear you Mark, but what concerns me is that the ad shown above doesn't have (at least to my ol' eyes) a engraved bezel? Like you I went to the database on the only listed Calhoun, and like yourself the only pic is small and not shown in the actual, original post by GJwatches last year? Do you think it's time to do some "Spring cleaning" in the almost Fall? ;-)

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 5:22pm

You're correct, I enlarged the ad and it does not show an engraved Bezel. 'BEN HUR' it is, according to the ad.