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Bulova 1946 Aviator

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Jim Townsend 1944 Bulova Unknown 05182014
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Jim Townsend
Posted May 18, 2014 - 5:17pm

Guess non interesting is the name.

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 19, 2014 - 5:35am

Hi Jim - I assumed you did a search in the ads data base? Did you find any matches?

Jim Townsend
Posted May 19, 2014 - 6:07am

No i could find nothing like this case  etc...

bobbee's picture
Posted May 19, 2014 - 8:26am

Stamford case, but with engraving on the bezel uprights.

Seen before, but no matching ad.

Stamford and Alderman in red gold case have 17 jewels.

Case SN gives a date of 1946.

'1946 Unknown.'

Edit- Possibly the Aviator "B", correct case/dial/hands/jewel count, just not enough detail to show any engraving.

Although, looking at the lug tips,t does look a little like engraving, especially to the top right lug. Can be seen a little better when magnified.


Jim Townsend
Posted May 19, 2014 - 5:09pm

Thanks Bob will update year.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted May 20, 2014 - 5:20am

I looked through both ad db's as well and was surprised to see it - sans engraving - as a couple different names but nothing with the engraving.

Unknown (for now), looks to be in excellent condition for it's age.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted May 20, 2014 - 10:54am

I looked everywhere, I have nada.


bobbee's picture
Posted May 20, 2014 - 12:05pm


Why are the lugs on the right side of the picture of the Aviator "B", which are in the light, not shiny like a plain lug should be?

Answer: They are engraved, that's why!


The ad is a mat picture of an actual watch, not a drawing, we can see the left side is in shadow, so the right lugs should look "plain" if they are plain.

Here is another ad for the same watch, this pic is taken from directly above.

Why are the lugs not shiny like the bezel?


In my opinion anyway.



Here is and ad for the yellow gold Stamford, same case.

Shiny plain lugs. 17 jewels. Look at the Navigator on it's right. engraved lugs and bezel, dull.



Remember the Commando?

A Lexington with engraving.

Same kind of thing going on here.


bobbee's picture
Posted May 20, 2014 - 12:28pm


  Another example with fifteen jewels here:

So it's not a movement change, same 10BC.

The Aviator ads are from 1948 top, 1946, bottom.

Jim Townsend
Posted May 20, 2014 - 5:18pm

Aviator looks to be a match to me. Anyone seeing it?