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Bulova 1949 Director

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48 (A8)

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20.4 x 17.8



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1949 Bulova Director/Broker?

Case is 14KT RGP Rose color with curved stainless back from 1949; case measures 29.4 x 20.7 excluding lugs/crown. 17 Jewel 8AH movement dated 48. Multi-color dial (rose, white, silver) with black markers and blue hands (I think). Expansion bracelet is also rose 1/20 12KT GF tops Flex-Let; shown with leather strap in last photo.

Not sure what model this matches later in this decade. Matches the earlier ads for the Director; also mention of the Broker in other discussions.

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Posted November 9, 2014 - 12:24am

WOW What a beauty. I believe it to be a Broker.

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 9, 2014 - 7:12am

Beautiful watch Ken. Strap is nice but that rose band puts this one over the top. I hope you plan to wear this one.

Totally torn on the ID, I gave the Broker linked here just one tick, I think I'd rather call this a Director. We do not have a positive ID on this watch. I'd give it two as a Director.

This thing is gorgeous!

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Posted November 9, 2014 - 7:59am

Agreed, Director as the Broker has engraved bezel uprights.

Very nice example!

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William Smith
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Posted November 9, 2014 - 2:27pm

It's the three step.  Commador, Broker, Director.  I think we decided the Commador has engraved vertical bezel.  The difference btwn Director and Broker slip my mind....but this thread has some useful discussion on this proposed difference.

When I do a watch database search for this period Director, I see no engraving, and an date range beginning 1946 through 1948.  Nothing with the dial of subject watch.  

Doing the same watch database search for this period Broker, date range is 1944 through 1948.  There is at least one listed as Rose with subject dial.  I gave that Rose w/ subject dial two ticks as Broker.

I betcha subject watch is either Broker or Director....but I'm leaning towards Broker w/ this dial.  William (Scott) gives some crystal specs in the first page of comments in the currently-listed Broker, suggesting the Director is slightly different than Commador/Broker. 

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 9:22pm

I think Director and I'm a sucker for the rose gold watch/bracelet combo.

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 22, 2014 - 7:34am

Three Directors, two Brokers


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Posted November 22, 2014 - 8:24am

1949 Director

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Posted November 22, 2014 - 9:19am

Not knowing exactly what a Broker looks like, I'd have to give this a tentative Director vote.

Posted November 28, 2014 - 10:36pm

Love the blue hands!! very cool





Posted November 29, 2014 - 11:45am

Great looking watch. Like plainsman l love the rose gold models