Bulova 1944 Lieutenant

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10BC
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
4403902
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

I am a big fan of vintage watches specifically Bulova.  I purchased this at an antique show.  I am having trouble identifying it.  I don't know if the dial has been reprinted and the lack of numbers around the subdial is throwing me off or if it is a model that I've yet to match it with.  To me it seems to match the characteristics of an Officer, Lieutenant or Bruce.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Bulova Lieutenant 10bc movement
Bulova Officer/Lieutenant front view
Bulova_Officer/Lieutenant inside back cover?
Bulova Officer/Lieutenant Left Front view
mybulova_admin
Posted March 9, 2018 - 7:47pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Certainly looks like a 1944 Bulova Lieutenant Another advert showing the Lieutenant dial.

The Ranger was the yellow gold version.

jabs
Posted March 10, 2018 - 6:21am

Panel Member

Lieutenant is good vote

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 12, 2018 - 9:55am

Thanks very much for the ID.  I really like this piece and plan on servicing it but I'm still tinkering and practicing on an old gruen 515ss..  Taking it apart, cleaning and putting back together over and over until I feel comfortable enough to dive into this one.  I've tried practicing with no-name so called "swiss" one jeweled movements and have moderate success but the "one" bridge for the whole works has been very frustrating.  At least these movements have seperate bridges lol.  Thanks again!

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 12, 2018 - 9:55am

Thanks very much for the ID.  I really like this piece and plan on servicing it but I'm still tinkering and practicing on an old gruen 515ss..  Taking it apart, cleaning and putting back together over and over until I feel comfortable enough to dive into this one.  I've tried practicing with no-name so called "swiss" one jeweled movements and have moderate success but the "one" bridge for the whole works has been very frustrating.  At least these movements have seperate bridges lol.  Thanks again!

mybulova_admin
Posted March 12, 2018 - 9:43pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Single bridge movements can be painful. Give me a good quality movement any day. 

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 12, 2018 - 9:55pm

I’m taking it very slow. Fell into this hobby late in life.   I also have what I think is a mid 40s military watch in working order but very rough. I’m going to post that one for review. I think it may be a Seabee or water tight.  After I get some good pics and measurements I’m gonna give it a shot. I’m very thankful I found this site and thankful for you guys taking the time to provide your invite and advice!

Geoff Baker
Posted March 13, 2018 - 6:08am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hello Watch-N-Learn, I wonder if you would clarify the color of your watch, is it rose colored gold or yellow. I think it might make a difference in the ID we assign. We've have some spirited discussions over this model in the past.

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 13, 2018 - 10:12am

Hi Geoff,

I polished most of it just enought to expose the angles however, I left the top mostly as it was when I bought it.  It's really hard to tell by the pics but I will upload one that shows the rose color a bit better from the top and also one in the original conditon I found it with the tarnsh.  It appears to me to be "rose gold" not yellow.  It also came with a brown leather strap that was in really poor condition with mold etc.  

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 13, 2018 - 10:16am

Top lug view

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 13, 2018 - 10:18am