Bulova 1940 Commodore

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Manufacture Year: 
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
10 AE
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Crystal Details: 
25.4 X 19.05
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 I originally thought this was a 1940 Ambassador. Another member pointed out that it matches the ad for a 1941 Commodore. The 10 AE movement has a crescent moon, but also below it is a lighter impression of the circle with two (Bunny) ears.

The case back has a serial number of 064511 and inside the upper case is the Roman Numerals V I I.

I wonder if this was a 1938 made movement that was later sold as a 1940 watch?

The crystal is cracked. I have a new (old stock) crystal, I plan to put on it.

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Posted March 6, 2015 - 7:54am

There was engraving all around the outside of the dial. Outside of the numbers. A railroad track pattern?? It is slightly more visible on the top. I am not sure if it is tarnished, faded or gone, but there is some spotting all over the dial.

The crystal is intact but has a crack in it.

Posted March 6, 2015 - 11:01am

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really looks as Commodore, ad from 1941

Posted March 6, 2015 - 11:07am

 I agree. Perhaps there was a 1940 model. I was unable to find any Commodores on the members watches page to compare, but the engraving on the side of the case in this Ad matches mine more than the Alden does.

Posted March 6, 2015 - 9:57pm

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Lugs are different from the subject watch so I don't believe it's a Commodore.

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William Smith
Posted March 6, 2015 - 11:04pm

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I'm not sure the lugs are different.  We have maybe two other ads for this model Commodore w/i a year or two of posted ad (and subject watch) and I thought it looked like a pretty good match, based on all three of the Commodore ads.  I'll try to place a link to the other two Commodore ads below.

1941 Spanish Ad Commodore.                                            1942 ad Commodore

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William Smith
Posted March 6, 2015 - 1:34pm

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Can you double check the case serial number?  Based on the photo of inside case back, I'd think there is a seven digit serial number on the case.
Commodore looks like a match.  The lugs in ad may match your discruption of "the lugs look welded on".

Posted March 6, 2015 - 2:51pm

 There is a dash and then 6 numbers (-064511)

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William Smith
Posted March 6, 2015 - 5:22pm

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Thanks...I had been wondering if the first number or last number had been worn off.  Sounds like the - is stamped at the beginning of the string, perhaps where a number should have been, and this gives the total number of 7 charactors in the serial number.  

Posted March 6, 2015 - 5:29pm

 I will try to upload a picture of the case back.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 7, 2015 - 7:19am

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Hello Gordon, welcome to myBulova. It is unusual but not unheard of to have a two year gap between the date codes. Here's a link to the one Commodore we have in the dB from this era


At this time I'm inclined to go along with a Commodore ID.