Bulova 1943 President

Submitted by gareth896 on February 19, 2015 - 8:57am
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30 8036
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22mm x 17mm approx
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I recently bought  this watch, which runs well and keeps excellent time. The person I bought it from, who seemed to know something of its history, described it as a President F model dating from 1945 (although the X date marking suggests 1943).

Having looked at the database of watches on this site, it seems to be similar to President models of that period although I'm not sure about the "F" suffix.

The expanding band with which it is fitted has supposedly been with the watch since new. It is marked "Speidel 1945 Phoenix". I would be interested if anyone would know whether this is an original band or not. I must admit, I love the watch but the band looks rather feminine for my taste and I'm not crazy about it, however if it is original I'll stick with it.

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:08am

Hi Gareth896. That is a fine example of the President you have. The closest ad I could find is from 1940.

Your watch would have been the President "D" in 1940. The "F" variant was rose gold and had a different dial and different colored hands. I can't say if this changed in 1943 or not as I can't find a 1943 ad listing the variants. I wouldn't think it did. Going by the one in the ad, I would think your band should be the same width as the lugs and yours looks narrower in your photos. This leads me to believe the band has been replaced at some time in the past. Someone on here will probably no more about it than I do.

Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:22am

Hi Gareth896

Very nice looking President D.  I have a couple of these they are very smart looking watches. I have found that he bracelets on mens watches from that era sometimes tend to be much narrower than you would find on modern watches

Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:40am

Agree with President "D"

Posted February 19, 2015 - 11:10am

Same here.

William Smith
Posted February 19, 2015 - 11:30am

Pres D from me.  I can't see enough of the bracelet to comment, short of where it attaches at teh lugs.

Posted February 19, 2015 - 12:07pm

President D

Posted February 19, 2015 - 12:28pm

President "D", very nice example

Posted February 19, 2015 - 1:18pm

I've added another couple of pictures which give a slightly better view of the band. As it appears to date from the period of the watch , even if it's not actually original, I'm inclined to keep it on the watch even though my wife says it makes it look like a ladies watch!

Posted February 20, 2015 - 5:33pm

Does anyone know whether Speidel bands were fitted as standard to Bulova watches of this period?

Posted February 20, 2015 - 6:24pm

In reply to by gareth896

Usually Kreisler if I recall, but I wouldn't rule out Speidel.... many were used as well.