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Bulova 1945 Brigadier

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WC P6MX213/188 21.38mm x 18.83mm

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1945 Bulova "Brigadier" 21J 8AE movement with the triangle date code, 14K Rose Gold Filled bezel and back, Black dial variant with Gold markers and Gold hands, New WC crystal, New Black padded leather strap.

Good looking and running watch, just needs the tarnished hands replaced.

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1945 Bulova Brigadier 21J 8AE
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shooter144's picture
Posted February 20, 2011 - 7:17pm

Have one of those, standard gold, need a dial refinish or replacement, proper hands and a crystal...

Posted March 8, 2012 - 10:10am

Is there a basis for the Brigadier name here?  There are many ads in the database showing this model as the Douglas from 1946 through 1949.  It was offered in multiple gold colors, including rose.  In 1949, an ad shows it as the Ambassador, also offered in yellow, pink, and white gold.

I believe the Brigadier name came from the first Brigadier listing in the watch database, where an undated post card was used as the basis for the listing.  Even the person who posted it was uncertain about the date of the card, and it is not in the site's ad database under any date.

Perhaps the Brigadier preceded the Douglas, rather than followed it, as assumed?  Without a date for the post card, it is impossible to be sure.  All evidence to date points to the Douglas as the proper ID for this watch, unless there's more to the story than was told in this listing.



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William Smith
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Posted October 23, 2012 - 5:42am

I don't know when Brigadier first appeared in the ads.  I see this late (December) 1949 ad snippet below.
 In 1945 was subject watch the rose gold version of Douglas?

bobbee's picture
Posted April 26, 2014 - 9:04am

"DOUGLAS" in 1945.