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Bulova 1946 Clinton

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Posted October 18, 2010 - 5:03am



There are at least nine Bulova models that take the same watch crystal as the Clinton and it's near twin, the "Knickerbocker." Can anyone here perhaps discern what is unique to either the Clinton or Knickerbocker, aside from the apparent 1946 (Clinton)  & 1948 (Knick) production dates? (Both G & J aka: "TixnTox" and "El-Ooose" sellers on eBay have recently listed both, or currently have them on auction... I see no mention of the "Knick" prior to 1948, in any 40s crystal catalog???

Please also see my similar posting, on the 1951 (vs. '41?) Knickerbocker, for comparrison... It would appear that the dials are slightly different (THANKS! Wayne :-) and obviously the movements, which appear to be circa 1948- 51 vintages for the "8" series movement varietals, Bulova used at the time?

Also, using "symbology" stamped on movements vs. serial nos. to discern actual production dates (by any/everone) is likely not very effective, if the number of 10- year off datings here is any indication? Has anyone POSTED the production run nos. and serial sequences here or online, to accurately DATE these Bullies? I don't see a serial no. on the caseback, and one can only post (3) images here!?


BEST :-)  William


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Stephen Ollman
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Posted October 18, 2010 - 5:36am

I wrote this a few months back that help narrow down the 10 year cycle in date codes.

By following a few simple rules its pretty easy to tell if a watch is 1938 or 1948.

Here's a few simple tips to looks for.


  • radium hands and dial numbers
  • serial numbers on movement and inside back case
  • art deco look with plenty of case engraving (usually)
  • Swiss movements


  • solid hands, usually gold or black
  • raised dial numbers, usually gold
  • serial numbers on movement and inside back case (1930 to about 1935)
  • USA Movements (1935 to about 1940)
  • usually very squared or stepped casing with engraving


  • solid hands
  • raised dial numbers
  • no movement serial number
  • serial number on back of case (outside)
  • usually square in design
  • not alot of case engraving

Hope that helps someone.

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William Smith
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Posted August 12, 2012 - 2:16pm

Kinda looks like two diff dials in the photos....

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Posted December 1, 2012 - 11:22pm