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Bulova 1945 Cadet

Submitted by Bob Bruno on March 22, 2010 - 12:13pm
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After seeing the 1944 Montgomery Ward ad listed on this site, I've decided to change the model from Aviator to Cadet. This is the most conclusive proof I've seen as to which model this is. Thanks to Jerin for providing the ad and Stephen for posting it.  NOTE: The dial on this watch has been refinished and the numbers on the sub dial were left off by the refinishing CO. This seems to have added to the confusion as to the model of the watch.      Confirmed with 1944 Montgomery Ward ad


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Bob Bruno
Posted September 22, 2010 - 4:31pm

I have had two people contact me who also own this watch looking for info on it. I haven't been able to find much about it. All the watch maker who restored the dial could tell me was that it was a mid 1930's model. I would really like to know more about this watch as it was left to me by my uncle and was the watch that got me started collecting vintage watches. Any information will be appreciated.


Stephen Ollman
Posted September 22, 2010 - 7:58pm

Bob, the case looks to be the same as a Cadet but the dial is defferent.

What is the movement date symbol?

Bob Bruno
Posted September 22, 2010 - 10:50pm

Stephen, the case sure is a Cadet! I can't believe I missed that. I have only seen the movement when I took it to the watch maker for restoration. It was just a bunch of rust when I saw it. I will have to take it back so I can look again. Thank you so much.


Posted September 22, 2010 - 11:47pm

I'm one of the guys that contacted Bob. I have the same watch as well. The 1944 Bruce is also very similar. Same case and bracelet as mine but doesn't have the numbers at every position on the face. I'll see what info I can find inside of the watch.


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Posted September 23, 2010 - 2:39pm

An Update:

Here is a picture of the inside of my watch. There is no symbol on the movement other than a small stamp "J9" which doesn't make sense as far as the pre-1950 dating chart chart goes. The back of the case only has a serial number consisting or numbers only (I beleive it was 6 or 7 digits and started with "2237..." or something like that), there is no 2 letter code as mentioned in the post-1950 dating scheme.

I took the watch to a repair shop and they wound it up and it seems to be working really well. All they say it needs is a cleaning of the case exterior and buff up the crystal.

Stephen Ollman
Posted September 23, 2010 - 7:38pm

I believe J9 does translate to 1949. I've seen a couple of these that use 'J9' not many but a couple. I think I'll update the Date Code chart to include it.

I'm not surprised that there is more than one model that has the same case....this might come down to the dial design.

Bob Bruno
Posted September 23, 2010 - 8:05pm

In reply to by Stephen Ollman

Stephen, I agree , I was thinking the same thing about the case when I saw the Bruce. Only difference I can see are the dials.


Posted February 2, 2011 - 6:31pm

In reply to by Stephen Ollman

Stephan, I just got my 1948 "Arnold" back today from the Bulova Watch guy and it also has the "J9" stamped onto the movement (10BC).... Bob

Posted September 23, 2010 - 8:46pm

I've seen that face (or very similar) on other Bulovas with different case designs. I found this one earlier today. And this one as well