Bulova 1943 Watertite

Submitted by Stinky_Sullivan on February 19, 2024 - 12:00pm
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G-S PA357 26mm
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1943 Bulova Watertite
One piece stainless steel case
210 stamped inside the case
10BA movement
X date code symbol

I have discovered these cases have nothing to identify the year through 1945 at least. The date code on the movement is the only indication of the date. We don’t have examples from 1946 or 1947 at this time. A 2 digit date is found in models from 1948 and later.

1943 Bulova Watertite dial
1943 Bulova Watertite inside case back
1943 Bulova Watertite movement
Posted February 19, 2024 - 7:31pm

A nice clean example of a 1945 Bulova Watertite.

Posted February 19, 2024 - 8:26pm

Nice, This is actually the watch I'm wearing today!

1943 Watertite

Posted February 20, 2024 - 6:16am

Is the backcase void of any markings?


Posted February 20, 2024 - 6:18am

Other thn the 1930 Watertite, the earliest full advert we have for 'Watertite' is 1950. Prior to this it was 'Watertight'.

Do we have any adverts for Watertite pre 1950 (other than the 1930 model)?

Posted February 20, 2024 - 6:45am

So i'm hoping to work out why some adverts used 'Watertight' and others 'Watertite'

Here's some early 1940s example of Watertight - Watertite adverts:

Nothing from 1943 to 1949 for either Watertite or Watertight.

Seems in 1941-42 Watertite and Watertight where interchangable....or am I missing something?

I'm trying to confirm the year and name variant...tight or tite, which is obviously a different watch between the subject watch and these adverts.

Posted February 20, 2024 - 5:11pm

I had my issues with Watertight vs Watertite until I acquired the box and the name on the dial.   I suspect there was a copyright issue with the name Watertight and they changed in around 42.  Here is my 1941 https://mybulova.com/watches/1941-watertight-13621.   Note the case is a flat backed top loader.    Note this is a marriage of watch and box and case and did not come together but I felt belonged together.  The 1942 ad below also designates Watertight as a yellow gold case like mine.    


.    Watertight



Posted February 22, 2024 - 12:33am

Is it just me, or are all the Watertights/Watertites mentioned/shown all sub-second watches?

This has been the sticking point for me with saying this is a 1943 Bulova Watertight/tite.

Posted February 22, 2024 - 11:02am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I assume this is not taking into consideration the Watertite’s from 1950 and later.