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Bulova 1940 Craftsman

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I listed everythng about this watch That I could see. Anything else about it I don't know where to look for it or how to lkist it. If anything can help just by looking at the photo I appreciate it as I am trying to find out its worth. I am guessing at at manufacter date around 1950 based on my dad had it in 1948. I am 63 now. I would like to sell it. It is not running. Can anyone help? You can email me at Thank you!

UPDATE 10/01/11 I took the wath to one local shop today and he looked at it and told me it was made between 1938 and 1940 as close as he could evaluate. He said tha band is not gold but the watch is and that I could get $500 for it. This coming week I will go to 3 or 4 more places to get an evaluation because I dont know anything about these watches. I will post more updates over the next week or so and then I should be ready to sell if anyone is interested. Thanks to everyone for all your comments. Your knowledge of this item is appreciated. I'll be back! Regards.

UPDATE 10/09/11 I researched this past week and I'm ready to sell this watch. As previously posted the watch is not running and the band is not gold but the watch is. In my research the evaluations were between $400 and $500. I will sell for $500 and out of that I will pay for the shipping insured for the value and signature required by the receiver. If interested call me and I will give you my street mailing address. You can even send me a personal check if you like. i will wait till my bank tells me it has clear and funds are in my account. Then I will ship it to you as stated above. These postings and any emails between us are legal contracts.

Thank you to everyone whose input knowledge has helped me.

I am in Los Angeles at: 818/903-0723 or email me (above) your phone and I will call you.


UPDATE 10/22/11 Someone asked for a movement code of some kind. On the inside of the back cover of the watch it says Bulova 7AP 21 Jewels USA Bulova. The watch as previously mentioned is 14K solid gold case. Everything else I know is already listed above. I dont know the model. That has been determined by some of you on this Bulova site who know alot more than I do.

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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 25, 2011 - 4:51pm

Late 1940's 'AMBASSADOR' or 'HIS EXCELLENCY' ? ...can't really tell from the photograph.

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Posted September 25, 2011 - 7:46pm

Joe, please provide a few more photos of the watch. Any chance of photographing the movement for us?

joe's picture
Posted September 30, 2011 - 9:42am

I will take a couple more photos as best I can. I only have a I only have a Sony 8.1 meg dig camera so hopefully it will be sufficent. I dont know how closeup I can get as I have been experimenting with the camera functions. Gold is at a high now economically and I want to sell. Please check back here. I will post more pics before Oct.1st. Thanks 

Posted September 30, 2011 - 10:20am

8.1 meg is plenty for a good picture, just make sure you are using the macro setting for the close-ups.


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 30, 2011 - 12:15pm

Solid 14k would make it a late '40's 'CRAFTSMAN' - 'TUXEDO' is similar with slight lug and Dial variation.

ad dated 1946.

Posted September 30, 2011 - 1:29pm

Looks like the Craftsman to me Mark ???

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 30, 2011 - 2:32pm

Agreed Bob, if the Watch is Solid 14k. Gold value was mentioned so I'm assuming it is..

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Wayne Hanley
Posted September 30, 2011 - 7:07pm

I third the motion on the Craftsman!


joe's picture
Posted October 1, 2011 - 6:33pm

This is Joe. My watch info has been updated and also included more photos as best as I can.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 1, 2011 - 6:46pm


Your Watch is a late 1940's 'CRAFTSMAN' Model as shown in the vintage ad above.