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Bulova 1944 Cadet "A"

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Guessing this could be a Cambridge, but far from sure.

The crown is not stamped. Inside the backplate, it says "Bulova, 10K rolled gold plate bezel, sterling base, stainless back, New York".  Someone has also scratched some numbers/letters, which might read "11848-69-62, CV16V, Sep 10-49", but also might not.

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Geoff Baker
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Posted March 4, 2013 - 7:00am

Hi Barry - welcome to the club! Glad you found us. Great watch.

The 1941 Cambridge ad pre dates the watch (this is an official Bulova Ad), the 1944 Cadet ad POST dates by one year but it's from a retail outlet. The 1943 ads show an unengraved Cadet and what appears to be and ENGRAVED Cadet "A". The watch S/N could date it to 1944. If we settle there, I say Cadet "D". It could really be any of the three.


Posted March 4, 2013 - 7:49am

Thanks Geoff. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful. It is an education. My next task will be to identify my father-in-law's 1970 Bulova - trouble is I don't know how to get the back off!

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William Smith
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Posted March 4, 2013 - 7:40pm

Wayne posted some ad snippets in this 1944 Cadet record here.  He shows the similarities of the Bruce, Cambridge and Cadet.  The third ad (Cambridge) Wanye lists above is dated in the text as 1944, but the graphic file name indicates it's a 1946 Cambridge ad.  I haven't checked the ad database to confirm dates.  He may have used a latter (1946) Cambridge ad, but I think we have a 1944 ad for Cambridge too.

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William Smith
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Posted March 4, 2013 - 10:08pm


The thread linked below is a good refresher on the ad data progressions and similarities between Cadet/Cambridge/Bruce.  It looks like it's accurate to me, but I didn't go check all the ads :)

I'm good with a 1944 Cadet A  ID for subject watch....
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Posted March 5, 2013 - 6:49am

Cadet "A" works for me with the 43 date dial match. Looks like the 44 had a slightly different dial.

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William Smith
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Posted March 5, 2013 - 6:29pm

I saw that 1944 ad, but it looks like they may be describing (and picturing?) the "B" and "D".  Black numerals/hands described and  pictured.  

The 1943 "A" ads show/discribe gold numerals/hands, and I think it would still be an "A" w/ this dial configuration in 1944.  The case SN on subject watch suggests 1944.  

Should we update record to 1944 Cadet "A"?