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Bulova 1946 Craftsman

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This is a non working watch. The case is solid 14k RoseGold.

I took it to a local shop a couple years ago and the guy told

me the main spring was broken and he could not find a replacement.

I didn't notice till a couple months later that the second hand was missing.

When i confronted him about this he said it was missing when I brought it in.

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1946 Bulova Craftsman watch
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Andersok's picture
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Posted April 23, 2016 - 5:55pm

There are two possible models for this watch, which is determined by the original band. With a matching 14K gold basketweave type bracelet it would be the Tuxedo 'B'; with a leather band it would be the Craftsman 'B'. I believe we need the watch to have the 14K band in order for it to be given the Tuxedo name; without it we can only go with the Craftsman name. (white gold version may be the exception, since it is best understood to only have been sold with the gold bracelet and not leather)

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 6:12pm

I have a NOS main spring if you are interested PM me.

Posted April 24, 2016 - 7:05am

I would need to determine th watch's  value before puting anything into it. I know it needs a through cleaning, a second hand and probably a main spring. 

Posted May 3, 2016 - 11:52am


How do I private mail JP?

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 4, 2016 - 5:23am

Message sent

Geoff Baker
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Posted April 24, 2016 - 7:52am

I think Ken's right, this one would be the Craftsman model. I don't think it would be difficult to source either the spring or the sub seconds hand.

1946 Bulova Craftsman.

Posted April 24, 2016 - 11:49am

We do not offer values for watches but all watches are worth what ever you feel they are worth. 

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Posted April 24, 2016 - 9:08pm

Whilst we could not advise on its value, as the watch is 14K solid gold it's fair to say that it's worth more than your average vintage watch.

I'd certainly say its worth getting fixed and shouldn't cost much. The back engraving is spectacular and gives the watch an extra dimension of coolness and value as it tells a story.

As it currently stands without a solif gold braclett I'd also ID this beauty as a 1946 Bulova Craftsman.

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William Smith
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Posted April 25, 2016 - 3:33am

1946 Craftsman.  Should clean up nice.

Posted April 25, 2016 - 8:14am

This watch was given to Lorrell Cole by Westinghouse, for outstanding sales achievement. It was given to him in recognition of his having sold more refrigerators in Wisconsin than any other salesman that year. When the watch was given to Mr. Cole it had a gold band on it. Although it doesn't matter to me which it is, I'm pretty sure it was a Tuxedo. When times were tough in the mid fifties my mother sold the gold band and wore the watch with a leather band  for more  than 20 years. I have been going through pictures hoping to find early pictures of either Mr. Cole or my mother wearing the watch with the gold band on it. No luck yet. Still looking.