Bulova 1945 Spencer

Submitted by bobbee on August 8, 2012 - 8:40am
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Case SN gives us 1945, but mvmnt. has 49, giving 1949. Original band with "1/20 12K TOP" and "(R)" stamped on the inside. Only one correct hand, the minute hand, zero case wear and very minimal band wear.  "SPENCER".http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1946_4.jpg Light wear to numbers, but dial is good. So, how do you date a watch with a replaced movement?

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Posted August 8, 2012 - 9:01am

We've been using the latter of the 2 Dates, which IMO is debateable.

When the Movement is dated within a Year +/- of the Case the latter of the 2 Dates works, in instances like this it does not as a Watch model manufactured / advertised as 1949 could differ from a model named the same produced / advertised in 1945.

a humdinger.

We're ID'ing the Case so in this instance I would vote to use 1945. - but that's just Me, others may view things differently.

Posted August 8, 2012 - 9:14am

The case shape had changed for this model by 1949, that is why I asked the question. We'll see what popular opinion from the other panel dudes say about it, yeah?

William Smith
Posted August 8, 2012 - 4:52pm

Here's a snippet from the 1946 ad Bobbee linked above.  Sure looks like an original band!

Posted August 8, 2012 - 5:37pm

I would say it's a '45 Spencer with a newer replacement 8AD movement.

Posted August 8, 2012 - 8:02pm

Tentative Spencer until we can get the movement issue resolved.

Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:13am

Can anyone show me a watch advert that has this exact watch case and colour as another model name. If not then it's a Spencer regardless of the movement. Movements break and get replaced.

Spencer is my call.

Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:23am

Will change date to 1945.

Posted August 9, 2012 - 10:00am

Spencer is my call as well. Case, dial, hands and band match the ad.

William Smith
Posted August 9, 2012 - 12:57pm

Spencer from me. 

Posted August 9, 2012 - 1:00pm