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Bulova 1942 Senator

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This appears to be a Senator, from comparison to the database.  Movement symbol and case number suggest 1942.  Inscription on back suggests it ws gfted 12/1943.   Don't know where it was during that time.  Maybe purchased and held for someone in the military.

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1942 Bulova Senator watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
1942 Bulova watch
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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 1, 2017 - 11:35am

Then, as now, retailers have stale stock, so it is not that unusual to see a watch sold a year or more after the production date.

Based on the case serial and movt code, I'd agree that this is a 1942 Senator. 

Geoff Baker
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Posted July 3, 2017 - 8:37pm

Senator was sold in several documented variants (A, D & F) . I don't find an advert showing this dial but we have several in the dB. Here's Jerin's.

1942 Bulova Senator

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Posted July 4, 2017 - 7:08am

I agree with 1942 Senator. Popular rose gold from the 40s, as is the dial design that we see on a variety of models.

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rbaines's picture
Posted July 4, 2017 - 12:02pm

For the purpose of accuracy - I noticed that the movement I have noted as 8AE, doesn't look like others in the database.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I took another look.  It should be 7AP, which looks like others and fits the range of production years and jewel content.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 4, 2017 - 3:47pm

Well I missed that completely- It most certainly is a 7AP. Trouble is we have no Senator models with the 7AP, the closest looking watch is the Radio City, with luminous numerals. Now I can't say whether the dial foot positions of these two movts are the same, but if they are, it would suggest a movt swap with the correct dial being used.

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Posted July 5, 2017 - 5:56am

FWIW...While researching the 7AP, I accidently changed the dates and jewel countin the database.  I think I returned them to the original correct dates and jewel count.  I thought the "edit" function just modified the search.  I didn't think it would change the acual data.    Sorry about that!

rbaines's picture
Posted November 13, 2017 - 8:52am

Can we resurrect this?  It wasn't really resolved.  I originally, incorrectly, listed an 8AE mvmt.  I later noted in this string that it is actually a 7AP, which was verified by Rev Bob from the photo.   However it was never updated in the description.   Rev Bob noted that there no other examples of a 7AP, making the ID problematic.   

The database contains only 5 other '42 Senators.  4 are 8AE and one is 8AC.  Not a huge sample.  I have noticed that my case serial # starts with 22 and all of the others are 25 or higher.  Of the other 5, the 8AC is in the watch with the next higher case serial number.

If higher serial numbers correspond to later dates (assumption on my part),  is it not reasonable that the earlier SN Senators might have used the 7AP and the "8" series movements were employed later in the year?  Case and mvmt both date to 1942.  Case and dial match others in the database.  What's missing besides a predecessor?