Description:  1943 Barbara

Model Name

Barbara

Case Date

Unknown

Case Serial

C961845

Signature Locations

Inside case, outside case, movement, dial

Case Signature Format

Inside - "Bulova, Fifth Ave, New York"

Outside - "Bulova"

Movement

5AB, 17 Jewels, Unadjusted, Swiss, BXW

Movement Date Code

1943

Case Material Description

10K Gold Filled (yellow with white accents)

Case Dimensions

30.7mm lug to lug x 14.5mm without crown

Case Type

Snap back, cushion

Crystal Specifications

11.2mm x 11.2mm (G-S CC285)

Other Details

 

NOTES:  This is one of a growing number of watches in my collection that has a serial number beginning with a letter rather than a number.  I now have examples of this phenomenon dating from 1940 to 1949.  This serial number configuration is quite common starting in 1955, but is not the norm for the 1940s.  The significance or meaning of the various leading letters is not yet known.  It is worth noting that I only see this serial number format in ladies' models prior to 1955; from that date forward, it occurs in both men's and ladies' models.  There is no date code on the case itself, and there is an inside signature, which means the case fits the profile of an earlier, rather than later, time frame.   I feel comfortable using the movement date code as the best way to date this watch.

 

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1943 Barbara

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