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Bulova 1946 War Hawk

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21.2 x 18.7 (G-S MX324-2)



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Here's  one that is crazy cool. Purchased from a couple fuzzy photos with no mention or photo of the inscription on back. I was pretty excited when I opened the package.

One ad in the Db - first example of this model documented. 1946 War Hawk. Note the small square "nubs" on the tops of the lugs next to the crystal, they show in the ad. Ad states 17J, watch is a 21J.

Inscription on back ID's watch as an award presented by the NY Herald Tribune for the East - West Basketball game (1946 NCAA Finals). Recipient was a member of the NYU (East) team - they placed third. He went on the next year to play for the NY Knicks. I actually found examples of his autograph for sale on sporting collectible websites.

Watch is running and keeping time, but needs a second hand.

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Kathy L.
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Posted July 26, 2019 - 8:03pm

Wow that is really cool when you have some back story.  Very nice!

1946 Bulova War Hawk

neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted July 26, 2019 - 8:21pm

Thanks Kathy, $15 - chair dance :o)

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted July 27, 2019 - 6:33am

Wow, great history. I find it amazing that we can do this in this day and age. Any chance you can also find out where he eat breakfast the morning of the match ;-)

I think you've nailed the ID.

1946 Bulova War Horse. 

A second hand shouldn't be too hard to find.

neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted July 27, 2019 - 1:59pm

It's a toss up, he either ate at the NYU dining hall, or the Horn & Hardart Automat on East 42nd Street near Grand Central Station on the way to Madison Square Garden. :oP

Just kidding. Yes, it's pretty amazing what is available on the internet. I love inscribed watches, the inscription turns them from an object into a time capsule of someone's life. Sometimes you get lucky and can open the capsule and see what's inside; as is the case with this watch.

Geoff Baker
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Posted July 28, 2019 - 9:00pm

Cool find Bob -I think it's a nice touch to put the story along with the watch. Most times the personalization is just a decoration but this is the real deal. Fun stuff.

1946 War Hawk- albeit an unusual name post WWII

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Posted July 29, 2019 - 6:41am

Thanks Geoff, I'm a strong believer in the preservation of history so it seemed the logical thing to do to attempt to keep the surprisingly detailed story I unearthed with the watch for future generations of collectors.

I found the name War Hawk a bit curious as well. Japan surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945 - WWII officially ended Sept. 2, 1945 when McArthur accepted; watch is a 1946. My thought is that this model was designed, named and in production with at least one ad printed prior to the war's end under the assumption the war would continue into 1946.

Perhaps the war ended and so did marketing of the watch as the War Hawk. Sooner or later I suspect an ad post 1946 will surface with this model marketed under a different name. Maybe it was discontinued all together, and the Newspaper got a heck of a deal buying out the jeweler stock of a model name thought to be a hard sell in peace time. It's kind of an odd name watch to present to members of a college basketball team.

Lisa has an example with a movement dated 1949 and case s/n starting with a "1" (and no date stamp), which ads to the mystery.

Just my random thoughts....

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Posted July 29, 2019 - 6:27am

Agree with War Hawk