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Bulova 1940 Craftsman "A"

7/10 votes
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If somebody can help me with opening the case then I can get more information.

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1940 Bulova watch
Posted July 18, 2012 - 10:36am

If you will look on the back of the case you will see a small tab to the left of the M as is shown in the picture. Use a butter knife if you don't have a case opener and gently wedge it between the tab and the lug and very gently pry up on the tab. The case should open up for you. Be very careful not to drop the movement whenit is freed. I suggest diong this over a pillow on the bed so if you do drop it it will not go far and not take a big shock. Where are you getting the information that the watch is a 2012??


Posted July 18, 2012 - 10:43am

It is not a 2012, I do not know what year it is so I just entered 2012 to get it listed. I'll try opening it with your instructions.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 11:07am

Late 40's, Would be the Tuxedo if you had the original 14K basket weave band. In Leather I think it was called the Craftsman but I need to double check that bit.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 12:13pm

The leather band on it now is not the original.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 12:22pm

It does look like the 1940 Craftsman, I updated the information on it.

Thank You



Posted July 18, 2012 - 12:12pm

I am unable to open it without damaging it.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:31pm

Ditto Craftsman.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 2:00pm

This is an Excellent example of where a band changes the model name as Mark has tried to point out on many occassions. Let's not discount that now. The subject watch is clearly shown as the Tuxedo with the gold band and also the Craftsman with a leather band. My vote is in 3 ticks as the Craftsman.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 2:05pm

 I found a long discussion on the Craftsman vs Tuxedo:

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 3:03pm

The first digit of case serial number to year of manufacture relationship suggests 1947.  Although the relationship of first digit case SN to year of manufacture is not as strong as pre-1947, it still exists. This trend may not hold true in some solid gold cases, but for subject watch, it should be OK.   I am guessing (if not a mvnt/case marriage) the inside case back would say Bulova New York and the movement would be a USA movement.   I note the dedication date inscribed on outside case back, but someone could have added this 1981 inscription years after production.

markdesmo  If you have a jeweler in your area- one that you may have seen in the past for other business- you can take watch to jeweler and see if they will open it for you to take pictures and get other info.  This can be a "favor", or it could be that you may use this jeweler for servicing the watch, and they may get future business from you based on this possible service.  If you do get the watch open, pictures of the movement and inside case back would needed to further model ID.