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Bulova 1943 Commander

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.717142

Manufacture Year: 

1943

Movement Symbol: 

T

Movement Model: 

10BL

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

3213869

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Hello,  This is a 1942 based on the 10LB movement which I think may have only been used in 1942 and the T date symbol.  It has a 10KGP bezel, sterling base and stainless back.  This is a differenct case than I am used to on the ladies watches of this time period so I will have to figure out how to get the dial out later to take a photo of it.  Looks like an original band from the time but it is in bad shape so I will put a leather one on it and it needs a good cleaning.  It is a 14mm band width and 34mm lug to lug and 27mm without the crown across.  The Commander from a 1940 ad is the closest model I can find with what looks like the same case, numbers, hands.  The Apollo from a 1947 ad is pretty close as well but has different numbers.  Looking forward to hearing what you all think it might be.  Thanks, Kathy

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 12, 2018 - 7:42pm

Here is the Apollo 1947.  Looks like the same case and hands but the numbers are different.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 18, 2018 - 12:21pm

Here is the same movement and dial that I found on ebay so I am thinking this was a model and not a redial or refinish.  If it isn't ok to post these please delete them for me.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 12, 2018 - 7:52pm

And a dark dial that looks like the same model and year also found on ebay when I searched for 10BL.  I didn't buy these in the comments just thought showing them might help IDing the model.  

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 19, 2018 - 2:23pm

Decided to keep this one after all and I quite like it now that it is cleaned up and after putting a new strap on it.  It is a small mens watch with a 14mm band which fits my wrist size nicely.  I like the patina on the dial and it is running well which is a plus.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted April 13, 2018 - 9:53pm

Dating this to 1943, based on the case serial number. Having a 1942 movement would be normal.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 13, 2018 - 10:44pm

Perfect, thank you.  I was wondering about that.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted April 13, 2018 - 10:27pm

Closest I can also find is the Bulova Commander.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 13, 2018 - 10:46pm

Thank you for looking.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 17, 2018 - 1:53am

With the ads plainsmen just posted maybe it is an Apollo?  The last one has the numbers like this one.  

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted April 17, 2018 - 2:03am

Maybe it is an Apollo after all.  Here is an ad plainsmen post tonight.  The case is like the first one and the face like the last.