Bulova 1940 Pilot

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21mm square glass with slight dome - not flat
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I suspect this watch is from 1940 - looking at the omega symbol and the band type

14kt RGP with Original band and crystal - as far as i know.

Face is copper \ gold coloured with black numerals silver outer containing minutes.  Black hands

Second hand is black over a copper \gold background with silver  outer square containing seconds.

any information that you can give would be helpful - thanks

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Posted November 28, 2012 - 6:05pm

I think this is still a unknown Janet, here is its twin... http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1940-unknown-2788

I haven't checked the decade newspaper ads yet, but I don't remember seeing this one ID'd.

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Posted November 28, 2012 - 6:32pm

"BEACON"like currently "UNKNOWN"

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 7:46am

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 6:57pm

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William Smith
Posted February 9, 2013 - 3:20pm

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Pilot ad looks like it's showing a stepped case. Five "white bars" on horizontal bezel.  Two "white bars" on verticle bezel?   The bands sure match, but I'm not counting the band in the tentative ID. 

Posted February 9, 2013 - 3:23pm

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I don't think that's a step Will.  If you look at the picture of the subject watch... I think the artist is trying to render the copper part of the dial after the tracks before the case.    The dial goes silver track... copper edge of the dial.. then case.  I think that's what he's indicating there if you look at them both.

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Posted February 9, 2013 - 7:11pm

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December 1941 ad.

Confirms the PILOT ad.  Different paper/ad then Plains black and white ad used for the ID change.  Bob found this one in the Oakland Tribune. 

Perhaps not steps in the ad, but is it subject watch case in the ad?  I'm not considering the "white outline" necessary to seperate the case from the background black color.  Almost looks like two "squares" around the case....