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Bulova 1943 President

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Hi All:  I recently inherited this beautiful watch.   Would appreciate any information you could provide regarding its origins. On the back of the case: "14K gold filled" (it's pink/rose gold color) and "Bulova".  Case serial number is "3439982".   Dial is black/charcoal.  Has sub-second hands.  Crown, which I don't think is original, is missing a "Bulova" stamp.   Crystal, which may also be new, has minimal wear or scratching.  However, I think the cyrstal is actually plastic.  The leather strap/band is also relatively new.   I have not had the opportunity to take it to a jeweler for closer inspection.   It was running when I received it and keeps perfect time.  After scouring your database, the dial seems to match a 1948 His Excellency NN, but the case does not.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.   After spending some time on this site, it's easy to become a vintage Bulova addict!  ;-)

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 10:07pm

Hi MargieD. You certainly inherited a beautiful vintage Bulova. The case appears to be the 1943 President "E" or "F" model. I think the previous owner may have added some personal touches to it to suit his taste. Normally we don't see black dials in a rose gold case. But I think it's safe to say it has a refinished dial. I'm not sure if the lumed hands were an option for this model or not.

Geoff Baker
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Posted March 29, 2015 - 5:59am

Hi Margie, welcome to myBulova. I'm a big fan of inherited watches so I think you've hit the jackpot with this one. Here's the only advert I find on site that shows this model in both yellow and rose gold:

 ad is dated 1941.

I think you have a President model. Dial refinishing and crystal replacement was and still is commonly accepted, I would say your watch most likely had a dial as the the "F" model shown above. I don't know that crowns were marked in this era but yours looks fine. All around I say it's a very nice watch. Be careful on the myBulova website, many of us caught the addiction (Bulovitis is the medical term) researching an heirloom watch much like you've been doing. If/when you do take it to a jeweler have them look for a date code on the movement. We also recommend regular service if you plan to wear and use the watch.

President is my ID vote, no variant.

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Posted March 29, 2015 - 6:33am

Agree with President without variant

Posted March 29, 2015 - 10:56am

Ditto jabs

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Posted March 31, 2015 - 3:37am

All Bulova 1943 President, unknown variant. Interesteing combination with the black dial and radium hands.

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William Smith
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Posted March 31, 2015 - 4:24am

President from me.  Nice family heirloom.