Bulova 1940 Calhoun

Submitted by bobbee on
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Lovely vintage Speidel No. 58 GP band, this is either the Ben-Hur or the Calhoun.

Case back outside has "Bulova10K gold filled" at one end and the serial no. at the other end.

Very nice, clean dial and hands, very light wear to case back, case front hardly any wear to gold fill.

Case dimensions are 36mm X 26mm, lugs 13mm gape, both sides. Crystal roughly  27.5 X 17.5mm.

Photos by seller, Davethedrums, as I cannot get pics from my new camera to upload.


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Posted October 24, 2012 - 9:54am

This is a tough one, the year might be the determining factor on this one Bob, the dials in the ads look slightly different...nice one!

Posted October 24, 2012 - 10:10am

Thanks Greg. I really don't care which ID you guys give it, it's a sweet little thing. Gonna need a new crystal though...

Posted October 24, 2012 - 10:44am

Calhoun. Subject watch has the more rectangle shape to the secs track and numbers are a match as well as hands.

PM me Bobbeee, I have crystals for this one.

Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:24pm

Sweet but a tough call. Could be year or perhaps case dimentions. Bob, is your case all gold filled as described for the Ben Hur?

Posted October 24, 2012 - 5:14pm

Yes, Shawn, 10K gold filled.

Case dimensions are 36mm X 26mm, lugs 13mm gape, both sides. Crystal roughly  27.5 X 17.5mm.

EDIT:- I have just put a brown croc strap on it, polished the case and it looks a million dollars, definite keeper.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 27, 2012 - 6:13am

Not knowing the date of the ad above, I am inclined to cast for the Ben Hur for which we have a 1939 ad.

William Smith
Posted October 27, 2012 - 1:57pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

The large ad in root record is dated Dec 15, 1938.

EDIT 2012.11.16  Large ad is for Calhoun.

William Smith
Posted November 16, 2012 - 2:36pm

In reply to by William Smith

The smaller ad in root record (for unengraved Ben Hur) is also 1938.

Reverend Rob
Posted October 27, 2012 - 2:18pm

I'm thinking Calhoun, as the lugs appear slightly sculpted. 

Posted October 30, 2012 - 8:14pm

Well, JP sent me two crystals and they came today, a GS flexo acrylic MT361-45, for the "Bulova Calhoun", and a Federal Glass for the Calhoun, both 26.6 X 17.2 and both fit perfectly with no adjustment required.
Thanks John, very much appreciated.