Bulova 1945 -Unknown

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on June 2, 2011 - 4:24pm
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Circular Case measures 35mm lug to lug x 28mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers. Black Dial shows White printed Military standard numerals, Bulova signature and track. Hour, Minute and sweep center Seconds Hands are White painted. 16 Jewel Hackset Movement stamped with a Triangle inside a Circle. Recessed Crown. Snap fit Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown. Strap is N.O.S. Vintage Pigskin by BRITE

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Posted July 28, 2012 - 11:26pm

Sad to say but  unknown until further info surfaces about the recase idea.

Posted November 22, 2012 - 5:52am

1946 ad.

Seconds track the same as subject.

Posted December 26, 2013 - 2:13pm

An interesting find on the ad but the Case appears entirely different from the subject.

The advertised Case appears more like the Military issued Star Watch Case Co's Stainless Steel Cases, which first appear around 1945-46.

Posted January 4, 2020 - 10:46pm

New model name.  Matches the ad perfectly, yellow gold, black luminus dial, hands, hour markers and right down to the outer minute markers seen in the photo.  Even the strap looks like a match also.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · 14 Oct 1945

1945 Bulova Commuter


Posted February 15, 2020 - 2:38am

In reply to by JimDon5822

Would like to see a better advert that details the lugs. It's certainly a new model which is exciting, but there are a bunch of these military style watches, so I'd like to be sure this is a match.

Posted February 15, 2020 - 5:43pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I rotated and adjusted the photo to bring out the highlights.  I found no other ad so this is going to be it.

1945 Commuter Adjusted

Posted July 28, 2020 - 10:24pm

No takers on this one really?  The ad seems to have this down for both technical and visual details.

Yellow Gold case.

Black dial

Luminous Dial 

Position of hour markers and minute track is an exact match (the replacement domed crystal should have been low dome.  It hides the minute track which would be more visible with a non domed one)

All three hands are an exact match.  

Recessed crown visible on both

Bezel has a step like the photo

lugs look to be an exact match. 

Even the pigskin strap is a match.


Posted July 29, 2020 - 6:40am

Based on the enhanced and enlarged ad snip, Looks like a match to me. I will tentatively agree

1945 Commuter

Posted July 30, 2020 - 7:03pm

I seem to have purchased one of these last week. I had assumed that it was an example on a WW2 A-11 watch, re-cased immediately after the war. I primarily collect military watches and my intention was to put the watch back into a military case. I'm now not sure what to do!

Anyway, the data from my watch is as follows:

Movement: 10 AKCSH 16 jewel with working hackset feature and same military dial as shown in photos above. Case is a little too small for the dial, obscuring some of the outer markings. Triangle for 1945 and Case number 5412873, snapback stainless steel with Bulova stamped immediately below the case number. Same gold case with the inset crown as shown in photos above.

Original badly oxidised green colored crystal was with the watch and is the low dome crystal as mentioned in the comment above.

The watch has cleaned up very nicely, the case is in great condition, but it's very small at 28mm. 

I'm now left not quite knowing what to do, seems a shame to change what seems to be an actual genuine model using the surplus military dials and movements left over from the war.