Bulova 1946 Margo

Submitted by cattailcreekknl on June 4, 2012 - 10:33am
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This watch belonged to my grandmother (she passed in 1994) and I don't know much about it.

I have taken it to a couple of jewelers/watch people and didn't get much information except what was on the inside.

Marks that are on the inside: Swiss / 5AB /  Seventeen Jewels / RS AF / BXW

On the inside 'side'  on the back is: XVIXVI

On the inside of the back are jewelers marks for repairs with the earliest being 1952.

The band is expandable (no latch), and has 3 sections that say " pat pend multi size" - i do not know if it is the original band.

I want to be educated about the watch!  So I am looking for any further information about the watch such as the exact year and what all the writing is.


* * * I did set the time and wind the watch (not much) and it kept exact time for 3 hours - until it was opened at a jeweler.

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Posted June 4, 2012 - 12:48pm


The "46" on the movement is it's year of manufacture. The first # in the serial # on the outside of the case back, 7, is the case's year of manufacture. So that would make your watch a 1947 model.

Have you looked through the ads yet to find a match? Search the ads by year. Try 1947 first then expand from there. You can also search the watch database for models with a 5AB movement and/or the tear of 1947 to see if someone else has already entered this model. If a match doesn't come up try expanding the year in either direction.

Great work with the pics.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 3:20am

In reply to by DarHin

Thank you so much for the information!

I have not tried looking at all - since I didn't know what to look for.

I tried hard to get good pictures - hate when people ask for info / or are trying to sell something (like on ebay) but you can't tell what you are looking at.


Posted June 6, 2012 - 8:12am

I would say it's the  1948 " Margo ". Description is bang on and case matches the ad.


Posted June 6, 2012 - 8:35am

In reply to by bourg01

Thank you for the AD!

It looks like 'N' and has the band of 'P'

So . . . . then how can it be a 1946 on the inside and 1948 in the ad?  Did they make it thru 1948?

This is all so neat! 

Thanks a bunch everyone!



Posted June 6, 2012 - 9:30am

In reply to by cattailcreekknl

As Darhin suggested, movement dated 1946, case dates 1947. Having a 1 year spread between dase and movement is quite a common occourance. I didn't mean say your watch is 1948 but rather that it matches that ad and therefore I felt it is the "margo" model.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 8:37am

The image doesn't do this watch justice. Fifth you're correct in saying that the description is spot on, but I.m only 90% sure its a match for the advert. Te advert is a bit low res to make oit thedetail of the bezel and lugs. I think you're on the money but would like to see a better ad to be 100% sure.

Ah scap that I'm 1005 sure you're correct. I just found another advert that shows the lugs and its a match.

Margo it is for me.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 11:45am

Again thanks for the great information!

Probably a stupid question, but is it common for these watches to still be working 65 years later?

And if it is . . . . then why can't anyone else make products that last like this? 

(Sorry - small soap box)

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Posted June 6, 2012 - 6:02pm

In reply to by cattailcreekknl

Today we live in a disposable world.  Products are made to "sell", not necessarily to last.  It's almost planned obsolesces....so they can sell another one.  Your watch was made at a time when the art of watchmaking was truly an art.  It's a precise machine, and I consider these watches to be among the "modern miracles" of engineering.  So many small parts all working together, mathematically engineered to keep time.  It may only be my opinion, but the watch- those made like yours- is one of the great technical innovations of man.  It's almost up there with the rocket to the moon.  You have a Bulova Margo watch with a movement made in 1946, cased in a 1947 gold (plate?) and diamond bezel- and those are almost certainly real diamonds.  With proper care, it can be handed down to your grandchildren, and because of it's quality, it will keep time for them as it will for you.   ....as it did for your grandmother.  With the history you know about this watch- a family heirloom- I would consider it priceless.  You (and your heirs) are lucky to have such a fine piece of art and engineering.  Vintage Bulova watches are like this- they stand the test of time.

Posted June 6, 2012 - 11:48am

Another question - what is the case shape?

I looked at a couple of pictures but nothing really seemed to match.