Bulova 1943 Watertite

Submitted by wgcinder on April 30, 2011 - 10:31pm
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25.6 mm
Watch Description

Dial is in poor shape. Good leather strap. Runs. Stainless steel case.

1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:41pm

2 piece stem, back doesn't come off, movement comes out through the crystal opening.

Try pulling out the stem like you are setting the time and turn the case over so the movement can come out through the crystal opening, slowly turn the stem while holding on to and gently wiggling the movement, it should seperate.

Once out you will see that the stem on the movement is slotted with a blunt  or round end and the stem left part in the case is slotted to fit it.

Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:47pm


finally an original example of a 'WATER TITE'.

a Sawzall may get the back off.


Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:50pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

What do you mean by original?  The watch apparently dates to 1951 (per the information provided), but the first Watertite ad is dated 1930.

Perhaps 1951 is not quite right?

Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:51pm


and I highly doubt this Watch was avail in 1930.

Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:57pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

So you think the ad is dated incorrectly?  I actually looked into that a bit the other day, and 1930 makes sense for Johnny Weissmuller (the swimmer in the ad) being at the top of his game.  Not definitive proof, for sure, but it's something to consider.

Posted April 30, 2011 - 10:57pm

1930 was the first year the watertite was advertised, we have it in the ad database Mark,

Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:01pm

There's no date symbol on the back of the case, so that would tend to argue against 1950+.  It will be very interesting to see what we have for a symbol on the movement.

I also have a very similar watch that reads "Watertite" on the dial, but it has the center sweep hand.  So, I suspect it is later than this one.  However, I also can't get the movement out to see for sure.  The crown/stem just won't separate.

Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:09pm

In reply to by NOVA

That was my next question, as I could not make a date code out on the caseback photo.

The other way to seperate them is to pull hard on the stem, sometimes they will seperate and sometimes the female part of the stem will break, 50/50 chance...

Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:24pm

ads can be dated wrong, or forged.....and, $50 seems a little high for a 1930 Watch.

Where did the 1930 Date for the ad originate from? 'WATER TITE' shows zero characteristics of being 1930.

The earliest sensible ad for this Watch I have seen dates to the early 40's.


 2 piece stem: Pull Crown to set position, turn back slightly and pull.

Posted April 30, 2011 - 11:28pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Take a look at the case design and look at the others like the "Piping Rock/Unk" that Timemachines posted or the Gruen's & Hammys of the late 20's early 30's, very similar open case designs, the ad even screams that time period.

There are ad's for $1000 watches in the early 20's for Christ's sake

Why would Admin post this ad if he was not sure of the date and authenticity??

You got to take the binders off and look at things with an open mind, First its crystal ID's that won't work, and now its ad's that won't work, even documentation from Bulova won't work? What the hell does for you? Joseph Bulova himself giving it his blessing?