Bulova 1943 Commodore

7/10 votes
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Rose Gold

Inside case back:  Bulova 14K Gold Filled New York

Outside case snap-on back: Bulova 3097680   14K Gold Filled

Nothing similar in ads btwn 1942 thru 1944

Not For Sale
1943 14k {pink} gold filled 10AK 21J
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
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William Smith
Posted January 18, 2012 - 12:53am

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I didn't list as unkonwn because we have a one star ID for same watch at:


...although I was hoping for a name like Captian or something nautical since it kinda looks like a ship's wheel to me.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 18, 2012 - 6:20am

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Will - A "Captain" model (1948) just came to live at my house a couple weeks ago, so I'm pretty sure it isn't a Cap'n. Still not liking this as a Princeton though - same as Wayne's - just can't agree without some shred of proof. Sorry.

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Posted January 18, 2012 - 6:28am

Agreed, there is nothing to support the 'PRINCETON' ID on this Case, hence the 1 Star rating of the similar Watch in the database.

Posted January 18, 2012 - 11:27am

At least we now know that the case is Bulova, and it is kinda rare, because we see very few pop up on the bay...I have to agree with Fifth & Geoff...until we find something that supports this as a "Princeton", 1 Star at best.

Posted January 18, 2012 - 12:02pm

I can also confirm that this is a genuine Bulova model, because I have one too.  Never bothered to post it, because there was already one in the database, and the ID didn't look to be supported.

Like William's, mine is running a 10AX, 21J, with a 1943 date code.  Case serial number 3649510.  It is pink gold, 14k filled, with a matching dial. Case is Bulova signed, inside and out.

I too don't see any reason to call this a Princeton.

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William Smith
Posted January 18, 2012 - 1:16pm

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should I change to "unknown"?  We would have two conflicting records for same watch.

Posted January 18, 2012 - 1:20pm

I certainly consider mine an "unknown", and the consensus appears to be that we don't have a model name for this one.  We'll have to work on getting the other database entry cleared up.

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William Smith
Posted January 18, 2012 - 2:13pm

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I consider mine what you panel members call it.  I don't see any ad which would indicate it's a Princeton.  I'll change mine to unknown.

Posted January 18, 2012 - 3:42pm

Bill, change it to unknown until definitive proof shows up.

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William Smith
Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:48pm

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when I change to unknown....will it still have one star?  I see it does now.   Is that star system, in this case, automated or did folks vote?  rhetorical....I guess - no responce needed