Bulova 1940 Senator

Submitted by Stinky_Sullivan on
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G-S CMY 311 24.0 x 18.0
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1940 Bulova Senator

SS case back

SN 0312434

17 jewel 8AE movement Omega date symbol

Ad in the pictures

This style was made from 1940-49. It was available in a number of variants and Bulova didn’t make it easy to identify some of them. For the most part, the “A” had a leather strap and the “D” had the link bracelet . The “F” was 14k solid gold. However, one ad said the “F” was rose/red gold and the “E” was yellow gold. The ad that included the “E” said “expansion band”. One ad for the “F” specified 14k solid gold and a strap. Some ads did not indicate a variant at all. Whike that could be the original model, it could be the variant designation was just left out of the ad.


The confusion around the red/rose gold version led to the decision not to separate this model into the different variants. I would like to get an expansion band to go with this one.

1940 Bulova Senator dial
1940 Bulova Senator case back
1940 Bulova Senator movement
1940 Bulova Senator ad
1940 Bulova Senator ad
1940 Bulova Senator ad
Kathy L.
Posted September 12, 2023 - 5:13pm

Senator all the way!

1940 Bulova Senator

Posted September 12, 2023 - 5:16pm

Per Bulova, it seems that ID on this one had a lot to do with the band and year of production. These are a tough call, it's a 

1940 Senator

and a nice example.

Posted September 12, 2023 - 5:22pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I did not include the long explanation to question which variant it was but to show I’d thoroughly researched this model and to concede it would simply be identified as a Senator. Since Bulova based the ID on the bracelet/strap, that gives me options as to which variant I want it to be. I like having options.

Posted September 12, 2023 - 5:24pm

In reply to by Stinky_Sullivan

copy that :o)

I was just agreeing with your research.

Posted September 12, 2023 - 10:04pm

1940 Bulova Senator is a match.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 13, 2023 - 12:49am

1940 Bulova Senator

Posted September 13, 2023 - 7:56am

Based on how this watch is presented on a strap, could we not go one step further with the variant?

1940 Bulova Senator "A"

Posted September 13, 2023 - 8:16am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

That’s a bit of a rabbit hole with this model. Will you be identifying all the others according to their variant?