Bulova 1943 Officer

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I am not sure how to open the watch to get to the movement, so I do not know the symbols or movement model of this watch. Was given to my grandpa in 1944. In the pictures the watch looks gold, but it is a silver color, but it has a strange gold tint in different points of light. (The info I had received earlier is wrong It was not 1926 like I had originally said. I found a picture of my grandpa the day he got the watch, and it is dated 1944.


The seconds-dial on the watch has no number on it. Serial number on the back of the watch is 2771896. There are some numbers scracthed onto the inside of the back cover, but there are some scuffs and I cannot read what they say. I cannot find a clear symbol on the movement as to date the year exactly, but I think I see a "T" shape like the one used in 1942, but it is hard to make out.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 9:51pm

It does, except mine does not look that gold though. It may just be wear over time on  my watch that has made the finish appear more silver like the caseback.

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 10:00pm

The 'FRANKLIN' in the ad is shown in White Gold, the 'SQUADRON' is shown in Pink. Both of these Watches are found and seen in ads in Yellow.

It could be wear or it could be a White Case not seen in an ad to Date.


I'm still with 1942 'OFFICER'

Is there anything stamped inside the Caseback?

Posted August 31, 2012 - 10:07pm

There is, but there are too many smudges for me to make out what it says. It has the bulova stamp in the center, and there are what looks to 5-6 sets of numbers scratched in the caseback in various places.

Posted August 31, 2012 - 10:22pm

I found a magnifying glass, and I looked at the symbol inside the movement. To be honest, it looks like an "X", with a line cross the top right of the "X" to make a T. I am trying to get a picture of this to post, but I just cannot get it to show up. I drew what it looks like in Paint. I added a picture to the orignal post of what I see.



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Posted August 31, 2012 - 11:08pm

The stamp(s) on the Movement would indicate 1942-'43 and coincide with the Case seriel number which Dates the Case to 1942.

Caseback is signed Bulova.

1943 'OFFICER' all in.

Posted September 1, 2012 - 2:25am

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Tentative. I need better photos of the case. Dial is a match.

Can you please look to have someone assist with taking better photos.

Thank you!

Posted September 1, 2012 - 1:59pm

I can try, but I am not sure if I will be able to.

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Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:11am

Would go with Officer 2 ticks as is.

Posted September 1, 2012 - 9:48am

Same here, 2 ticks.

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Posted September 4, 2012 - 1:30am

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Owner says it's a "silver" bezel, although it sure looks gold like the officer ad. 
I'd go with Officer, and figure out the ticks later if it's entered as such.