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Bulova 1949 Aviator

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49 (A9)

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Alright so what do we do with this one?  Obviously we know the model.  This is a 1942'ish rose gold Alderman.

I'm assuming the original movement crapped out and was replaced by a very clean 1949 10BC.

So... is the watch a 1942 Alderman with replacement movement OR a 1949 Non-Conforming.

See... I think the label Non-Conforming degrades some of these watches that have replacement parts.  Who knows... Bulova could have replaced this movement under warranty itself.  Though I'm betting this was a watchmakers work.

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:23pm

I'm all in with the Alderman, case , dial  and hands are all good for a match.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:40pm

I'd say Alderman. The 10BC could be correct from 1944 on, and we have an example in the database with the same movt. So we're saying this is a 1948/49 Alderman, correct? Not a 1942? The case serial number seems to indicate 1948. 

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:46pm

Yeah.. I'd say 1949 Alderman though it was a very long running watch so the ads are from earlier.

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 1:31pm

Stunner, Jerin. Been busy, hmm?

Geoff Baker
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Posted July 22, 2012 - 4:42am

I'm comfortable with Alderman

Posted July 23, 2012 - 2:07am

Looks like a great Alderman and boy is it nifty. You sure have been busy with all of the watches you are listing. Where are you finding these treasures?? I want some.

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 6:38am

I've been picking up these here or there for the last several months.  Just haven't had time to even look at them to decide what I wanted to do.  I think all these will be up on the bay sooner than later.

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William Smith
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Posted July 23, 2012 - 8:33am

1949 Alderman is good.  10BC Jewel count 15 vs 17 J in ad.  I still don't find the non-conforming term degrading - but I know what you mean.  Just keep me posted when we have to match the ads or when we don't :)  Kinda subjective.  It's cool, I just would like to know when. 

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Posted November 30, 2013 - 11:18pm

Plainsman, my wife just picked one of these up at an antique fair last month.  It's the rose gold Alderman, with a 10ax movement dated 1940.  Pretty good shape, but her dial is darker with more patina on it.  Running well, and she likes it alot.  My watch hobby is rubbing off on her. 

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Posted November 30, 2013 - 11:54pm

Very nice!  It's catching Archie.... haha....