Bulova 1942 Chronograph "Single Button"

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Single Button
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10k rolled gold plate , having some issues with the crown, she's a bit tempermental. Sticking from time to time but still the chronograph is working and resets to 12. Well enjoy my one button military chrono guys.

Edit: OP reports Bulova USA stamped on movement.  Removed this entry from Movement Serial No. field.

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zappatore88 1942 Bulova Chrono 01 05 2015
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Posted January 3, 2015 - 7:14pm

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I think I'm good with One Button Chrono or whatever the concensus is.

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William Smith
Posted January 3, 2015 - 10:36pm

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I'm not sure most of those suggestions are model names....short of Chrono as a generic we use.  I sure wouldn't want to classify as Unknown when we have some choices. 
Maybe we ID under Chrono and use variant field to put all the other stuff for now?  That way we can be consistent and still have latitude for descriptors via variant field.


Geoff Baker
Posted January 4, 2015 - 6:48am

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Great watch Tony, congratulations on it, sounds like you're pretty excited with this one! 

Consistent to the models we currently have in the dB, I think it should simply be tagged 'Chronograph'. The luminous dial is a neat variant but I don't think it necessarily changes the ID of the watch.

Posted January 4, 2015 - 11:21am

Yea I totally love the way this finished up, whatever title it gets is ok with me. This baby will be getting plenty of wrist time for a while lol. The other one I have , the movement has the T stamp and a circle . What you make of that?


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Posted January 4, 2015 - 6:57am

I think giving the smallest ever in-house chronograph ever made anywhere in the world the simple "chronograph" ID is underwhelming.

The other chronos of this size all use a Valjoux movement. Bulova is the only watch manufacturer to use their own US built movement in their watch, and no ther manufacturer can say that!

"One-Button Chronograph" is a name everyone relates to this watch.

It's a beauty, Tony.

I have asked on military collector sites if this watch was ever issued, and only one person knew of one of these watches being used by a serving officer, a forces medic. I don't think they were issued as such myself.

Posted January 4, 2015 - 11:24am

Yes I agree bobbee it's a very impressive movement and also challenging. 

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Posted January 4, 2015 - 6:59am

Tony, I think the 10AE/AX stem fits this movement.

I have a partial 10AH too, no chrono parts/balance cock. PM me.

Posted January 4, 2015 - 11:25am

Let me be sure it's the stem I need, before I go all crazy. Thanks

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Posted January 4, 2015 - 1:35pm

The 10AH movement has it's own unique stem that is not interchaneable with any other Bulova. I verified this in 3 different interchangeable parts catalogs.

Posted January 4, 2015 - 5:48pm

I figured that was the case!