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Bulova 1948 Director

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I've had very little luck identifying this watch using the ads.  The case looks to me like the 1948 Director (and it's 14K too), but the dial doesn't match.  I originally had it pegged for a 1948 His Excellency 'UU', but this watch has only two scallops on the case, not three. 

I unfortunately don't have any pictures of the movement (I selected 21 jewel movement because the field wasn't happy being blank).

Thanks for your help!

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 10:51pm

Looks like a Director with out the Diamond dial. You will need to peek at the movement for the correct jewel count, movement date code, and movement model. The serial number on the case hints that this is a 1948 model, and if it is solid 14K, chances that the movement is 21 jewels are pretty good.

Director with a dial variant would be my call...

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 7:21am

2nd the 'DIRECTOR'

Posted May 15, 2012 - 12:13pm

I agree, with you and Ticker.  What are the chances that the Director came in a model without the diamonds on the dial?

Posted May 16, 2012 - 8:33am

I have one in white gold without the diamonds on the dial, also dated 1948.  I consider it a Director, though it certainly is not a perfect match for the ad.  My thought is that it makes sense to have offered a slightly more conservative option by leaving off the diamonds.  The ladies' models are sometimes seen in the ads with and without diamonds under the same model name.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 8:27am

Based on the single bump I'd also go with a Director.

Posted May 20, 2012 - 9:05pm

How do we id a watch with three check marks based on the gold content and the case with out seeing the movement and having all of the other criteria met?? This is one of those whoops moments. It is a nice watch and I have a case like it myself but I would not give it 3 checks based on the current information provided. Neither would you Mark or you Admin. We have had a few gorounds about this kind of iding before and it wasn't pretty. Come on fellas lets stay with the original format and get the rest of the info before we give approval.

Just my opinion on what I have seen to be a touchey matter more than  once.


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Posted May 20, 2012 - 9:12pm

Although I believe the Watch is a 'DIRECTOR' I  gave it 2 'ticks' John as there is zero confirming info.



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William Smith
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Posted May 20, 2012 - 9:17pm

I agree.  It's an oversight - someone glanced at the watch w/o noticing the movement model missing, jewel count force entry etc...- translation - "a whoops moment".  I had not voted yet, primarily because this stuff was missing.   Now I will vote tentative 2 checks until these attributes are corrected.   Nice catch JP! 

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 9:23pm

Well-two known votes of 2 check tentative (Mark and Will) and it still appears to have almost three checks.  Go figure.  So there must be a couple members who voted 3 checks for this to remain "almost three checks".

Posted May 20, 2012 - 9:39pm

Can we expect jazzydrum to pop open the case and shoot some photos for us to see. I would really like to get a confirming id on this one since I have a case and dial just like it and will start looking for a correct mvmnt whenI know what to look for.

Not knocking your watch jazzydrum, just trying to get the info I need to build my own since I think it is a very cool watch and would like to add mine to my collection as a confirmed id.