Bulova 1943 Blackhawk

Submitted by plainsmen on January 15, 2015 - 11:38pm
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Well gentlemen, I love this Bulova model as you maybe can tell.

This has a pretty fresh redial, and a really neat 4 faceted crystal.  It was really tarnished, and it actually looks much better not so danged close up.

I believe this to be a verison of the Surgeon, but it almost looks more Blackhawk than Surgeon. 

Whatever it is, I love it!

This one will be a keeper and as you can see, his brothers have come to welcome their long lost soldier home!


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Posted January 16, 2015 - 12:24am

Just on a fun side note, with this verison we will have 9 Surgeons in the database.  Only 3 of the 9 have a 6 like in the ad above.  The other six watches have the 6 obscurred.

Also ZERO of the three Blackhawks we have have the 6 showing.  All three have the 6 obscurred.

Posted January 16, 2015 - 2:58am

nice collection

Geoff Baker
Posted January 17, 2015 - 6:46am

Wow that thing did polish up nice plains. The wear I thought I saw in the eBay pics is gone!

So, maybe I am confused. Are you trying to talk your self OUT of the Surgeon ID? Based on the black, lume dial I'm inclined to go with the Black Hawk.

ps - the Surgeon and Black Hawks are all different from the adverts in that they don't have "12's" either, like they do in ads.

Posted January 17, 2015 - 6:56am

A blacked out Blackhawk? :) Maybe nickname it the Air America?

Reverend Rob
Posted January 17, 2015 - 9:29am

I'm thinking the larger central seconds ring is for better visibility in utilizing the centre seconds. This is more in line with use in medical applications, so I'm inclined to think the obscured numbers may be a proper 'Surgeon'. Although the Surgeon ads do not show this, this may be a Surgeon variant, regardless. 

Just a thought, I'm going to do some more digging.

Posted January 17, 2015 - 8:34pm


I'm at Black Hawk, purely based on the black dial and color combination that matches the advert. Happy to be persuaded otherwise.

BTW, that's an outstanding collection you have there!

Posted January 17, 2015 - 11:18pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin


BTW, that's an outstanding collection you have there!



Thanks to you and jabs for the compliments!  I really dig this group, it's been a few years putting it together.  It's nice knowing others appreciate my silent struggle to master the wild untamed Bulova!

Posted January 18, 2015 - 6:03am

Interesting to note (excuse me if its already been stated) The adverts show a full set of nuimbers on the dial, where-as if you look at the 4 watches in the group they all have the same number configuration on the dial.

3 6 9 12 replaced with a dot.

Posted January 18, 2015 - 8:56pm

Plains, you are are a true Buladdict. Love these as well and in my opinion the dial is not a recent redial when I look at the lume. It looks old and faded and I'd bet it no longer glows, may not even be redialed as the hands match and these are often over looked. You won't know fr sure until the back of the dial is checked for a tech's ID # scribed into the back. No scribe and it's original. Just food for some extra thought on that notion and if I may add the hands perfectly match the perimiters of their dials.

Posted January 19, 2015 - 6:41pm


Maybe consider swapping the black hands on the gold, white dial version with the ones on the subject watch. Advert shows what looks to be black hands on the Black Hawk.