Bulova 1943 Air Warden

Submitted by donegd on March 29, 2015 - 6:14am
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B*B B223 9 15/16 dia
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Hi all

I recently acquired this , what I believe to be a " 1943 Airwarden "  It is 10k rolled gold plate bezel. Sterling base and stainless back. the watch is 26mm dia excluding the crown, 

the hands look as though they were once lumed , the hour hand red and the minute hand green.

Having looked more closely at the dial now l have cleaned it up the numbers are not luminous so l am thinking it may be a " Nighthawk ' not an airwarden

Members comments would be greatly apreciated.

When I bought it it was missing the stem and crown, which had snapped off. I have replaced both. The watch runs but definitely  needs a service

donegd 1943 Bulova 04 04 2015
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Posted March 29, 2015 - 10:53am

Nice watch. The hands were lumed originally.  Air warden.

Posted March 29, 2015 - 11:02am


This the watch thatl was wanting the hands for as per my email to you. Although the hands look to have been in red and green l believe they should have both been in either white or green.

Posted March 29, 2015 - 1:25pm

Hi bobbee yes l had seen that but when l cleaned the dial  all the numbers are in gold thats whyl thought it might be a nighthawk

Posted March 29, 2015 - 1:32pm

In reply to by donegd

Some of the dials had lume paint over gold numbers George. It's possible the lume came off with cleaning.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 29, 2015 - 7:27pm

Air Warden works for me. Nice watch George.

Posted March 30, 2015 - 2:07am

Air Warden

William Smith
Posted March 30, 2015 - 3:03am

1943 ad on left, watch on right.  Are the lugs the same?  They sure are close.

Posted March 30, 2015 - 7:14am

In reply to by William Smith

Lugs do not quite match - but are close, and the seconds tracks are different and not in the same location, also the numerals are a different style.

Posted March 31, 2015 - 4:03am

We're really yet to find a good match for this style of watch with the closest we can find being the Air Warden.