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Bulova 1949 Sponsor

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49 (A9)

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Crystal Details: 

22.1 x 22.1 .... ish

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I have no clue what this guy is.... it's the first one I've had though I saw another on the bay a few weeks ago.

Nothing in the ads.... everything points to absolutely legit unknown.

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William Smith
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 8:36pm

nice lug/corner details in last pic above. 

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 8:51pm


Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:03pm

That is a neat looker Jerin, don't think I ever seen one like it here or the bay.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:13pm

Yeah it's pretty cool that even after all the bush beating we've been doing the last couple years there's STILL a chance to round up a totally unknown model!

I've only seen 2 of these.... though maybe some of the other guys have had better luck?

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:13pm

Dig those serrated lugs.


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Posted March 19, 2012 - 4:13pm

Anyone even seen another?


Posted March 20, 2012 - 9:13am

thats true that we are still finding interesting models..and its cool that they are still out there


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Posted March 20, 2012 - 10:42am

So far, based on the crystal, I come up with Arlington and Captain neither of which are in the watch db or ad db.

The crystal appears to be flat, correct, not military?

**EDIT** Playboy crystal also comes up. There is one '49 Playboy in the watch db with the same dial and hands. The '49 ad Playboy has exploding seconds and different hands.

Posted March 20, 2012 - 11:00am

If Plains' crystal really measures 21.1 x 21.1, then these models are listed as taking that crystal (G-S S430):

  • Attorney
  • Arlington
  • American Clipper A
  • Captain
  • Garfield
  • Playboy

We have ads for the American Clipper and Playboy.  I have both those models, and they do take this crystal.  I also have two "unknowns" that take this crystal, and they do not resemble Plains' watch.

If his crystal really measures 22.1 x 22.1 as stated, then I don't find a crystal possibility.

If his crystal measures 22.0 x 22.0, then S445 would be a match, and it is listed for Bulova, but I don't see any models listed as using it.

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Posted March 20, 2012 - 11:22am

well it could be 22x22.... even with calipers... we are talkinf hundredths of a mm here!