Bulova 1940 -Non-Conforming

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Way too many questions for a person who doesn't know what this is.  Just one question:  Is it worth getting fixed/running as a family keepsake or is it one of the 5 for a dollar type watches.

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lmiglore 1940 Bulova 02 08 2015
1940 Bulova watch
Posted January 27, 2015 - 4:12am

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Can you please add a good photo of the front and back of your watch?

Is it a family piece? If so it's certainly worth getting serviced. If it's also a lapel watch and not a converted wrist watch I'd say its pretty rare. However if its a converted wrist watch, whilst they aren't neccessarily a dime a dozen, they are still fairly common.

Posted January 30, 2015 - 11:57am

The back of the watch case has the number 2554955 along with an engraving Aug-5-1945.I can open the watch but can not remove the watch from the case to see the works. It does not appear to have been a converted watch and I think it is made or plated in Rose Gold. Still need the rear picture?

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Posted January 30, 2015 - 7:34pm

Hi Imiglore. The case serial # (2554955) would indicate it is a 1942 model Bulova. That's all I can tell you about your watch because you have the first one I've seen like this. If it came from the factory made this way, I would think it is quite rare.

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Posted January 30, 2015 - 8:07pm

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Very cool.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 31, 2015 - 7:11am

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Hello Imiglore, welcome to myBulova. I've never seen anything like this, it certainly is a curiosity. At first glance it appears to be a broach created from a ladies wristwatch. Without a closer inspection it's hard to know if it was a custom job or if it was made this way. I'm a big fan of family pieces and would think the repair cost is really secondary to it's value as a keepsake. It could be worn as it is but if you want it to keep time, I think it is worth repairing. It really comes down to it's value to you as a family treasure.

Regarding the ID/Name and date, The lugs (parts of the case that the band attaches to) are one of the feature we use to identify watches. Your watch has either had them removed or never had them, so I doubt we'll be able to assign a proper Bulova name. I would like to clarify the date though, as merc says above, the serial points to 1942 and you've posted it as 1940. Does it have a 1940 date code on the movement?

Bulova ID, in my opinion, Unknown. Also, if possible, a photo of the side of the case opposite the pin attachment, the "12" side, would be nice to see.


Posted January 31, 2015 - 12:18pm

Great posts all!  I opened the case and couldn't get the works out.  I'm not a jewler and hesitated at trying to pry the thing out.  However, your encouragement has prompted me to take it to a real jewler to open and I'll take some pix and send them along.  If it is from our family (my aunt, in her late 80's thinks it was her's and given to my mother later in life,) it is not a "custom" piece unless it was baught that way.  This family never had that kind of money for jewelry.  The 1940 date was a guess as I don't know from nothing about the details and mechanics.  It was a box that I HAD to fill in with data.  Anyway, I will have it opened and shoot the inards and post.  Thanks all for you help.

Larry Miglore

Posted February 4, 2015 - 4:50am

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Larry, some photos of the ends would be great to help us determine if its possibly been converted.

Posted February 5, 2015 - 2:24pm

I can't seem to attach an image to this.  Did I miss a switch somewhere?  Also, when I reduce the picture down from 24Meg to 150K so much is lost that it looks more posterized and pixelated than I would think a usable picture would be.


Posted February 7, 2015 - 12:48am

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150kb should be enough to get a descent picture, have you cropped the picture down to just show the watch?

Geoff Baker
Posted February 8, 2015 - 7:34pm

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Here are Larry's photos: