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Bulova 1950 -Unknown

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measures 22.8 X 18.2



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I've acquired another one of those unknown models like the other one I have. This one is a 1950 just like the other one. I haven't done anything to it yet except get it running. Someone had broken the head off the ratchet wheel screw and apparently thought super glue would be a good way to hold the ratchet wheel in position. Then for some reason they super glued the crown wheel too. Maybe they thought if it didn't turn the ratchet wheel would stay put. Who knows. I think it will look even better than the other one after I have some more time to devote to it.


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1950 Bulova Watch
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William Smith
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 10:15pm

a beautiful, yet still unknown model.  Now you have two!

Geoff Baker
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Posted April 29, 2015 - 7:47am

Watch service using super glue, interesting concept although I suspect it won't stick with us too long,(sorry, just had to throw a glue factory joke in there).

These really are nice looking watches, I can't help but wondering if this was a bit of a retro look back to the 30's.

Unknown (still?)

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Posted April 30, 2015 - 5:40am

Could this be yet another Bulova Academy Award model not yet identiffied?

Apart from the side engraving the case is the same as these AAs


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Posted April 30, 2015 - 6:02am

This from a 1952 Crystal catalog. Measurements are close. Could be a not yet seen Bulova Thornton. Overlay shows it to be the perfect shape.

Bulova Thornton crystal

Looks like the Bulova Academy Award mentioned above has a different size case as those take a GS CMY304-10 23.0mm x 18.2mm crystal.



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Posted April 30, 2015 - 9:31am

I think you may have solved the mystery Stephen. I don't have this particular crystal in stock, but I popped the crystal out of the watch and compared it to the G-S MY302-10 in the catalog and it's a perfect match.

Unless someone knows of something else this crystal fits, I think we've found the "Thornton". I'm excited. Stephen may have identified a new model. What do the rest of you think?

Posted April 30, 2015 - 10:16am

Nice one Alan. Looks like you got it sorted  (stick witth it . You seem to be all glued up or should that be clued up ) :-) 

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Posted April 30, 2015 - 10:34am

I did have a G-S CMY304-10 crystal and I tried it.

It will fit the case but the curvature from the 12 to the 6 position is just a tiny bit too much and it's a domed crystal and the sides of the crystal make the minutes track hard to read when looking straight on. I will try to locate a G-S MY302-10 crystal and report how it fits when I do.

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William Smith
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Posted May 1, 2015 - 12:33am

Good sluthing.  Wonder if there are other models listed for the crystal specs of Thorton (G-S MY302-10)?   The curvature is kinda unique, so I'd be good with a tentative Throton based on crystal specs.

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 1, 2015 - 5:35am

Sorry Alan, I will resist ID by crystal spec as I always have. I've seen too many that just didn't work out. In all cases I defer to the panel consensus.

Unknown but still a great looking watch.

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Posted May 4, 2015 - 7:35am

Looking forward to seeing if the 302 is a better fit. If so then I'm a tentative Bulova Thornton.

Also interesting that the 304 fits the Bulova Academy Award, which I mentioned shares a similar case design.