Bulova 1948 Duncan

5/10 votes
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48 (A8)
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21.1 x 17.2mm beveled with three flat sections.The center section is parallel to the dial and the side sections are angled about 5 degrees The two creases run vertically from '11' to '7 and '1' to '5' on the watchface
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14K Yellow Gold case ; Case measures 37.2 x 22.5 mm w/o crown. ; Crown is signed 'Bulova' but appears to be Gold-Filled as the gold on the edge between to top surface and the serrations has worn away, leaving the tarnished base metal exposed. I tried to take a picture of it in the '3/4' shot that shows the crystal angles. ; The case back is engraved with a dedication. I blocked out the name and location, but left the 'year' for a sample and to identify the time frame. ; Movement does not function at this time, but stem out does turn the hands and balance wheel moves ; Dial is in terrible condition, but hands and markers are good. ; The three-faced beveled crystal has some scuffs and scratches. The ~12mm wide center section is parallel to the dial and the ~2.5mm wide side sections are angled down about 5 degrees. The two creases run vertically from '11' to '7 and '1' to '5' on the watchface. ; Case with crystal without movement weighs 11.3 grams ;  I believe this to be a 'Duncan'. ; The 1949 Duncan that is in database has 'Excellency' under "Bulova" on dial, but mine has no sign of that. My dial has 'Bulova' almost completely gone, so 'Excellency' could have been on mine originally.

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Posted January 14, 2017 - 2:56pm

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Yeah Duncan it is

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Posted January 14, 2017 - 3:16pm


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 3:35pm

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Agree with Duncan. Available ads show dials with and without the 'Excellency'

Posted January 14, 2017 - 4:13pm

I am considering having the dial refinished if I go through with a restoration. Anyone can chime in...would you go with 'excellency' or not?

Geoff Baker
Posted January 15, 2017 - 9:49am

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Having adverts showing it either way really makes it personal preference, I probably wouldn't.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 15, 2017 - 9:48am

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Posted February 4, 2017 - 1:29pm

Thanks for all the responses. Is there any comments on the use of a gold-filled crown when the watch case itself is fully 14K yellow gold? Was/Is a 14KYG crown available? Has this crown been replaced in its obviously well-worn lifetime?