Bulova 1961 Craftsman

Submitted by blankenau on February 16, 2024 - 8:51am
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10k White Gold Filled Case. Silver/gray two tone Crosshair? Quadrant? Dial. Facetted Crystal.

Bulova 1961 Craftsman Face
Bulova 1961 Craftsman Front
Bulova 1961 Craftsman Dial
Bulova 1961 Craftsman Movement
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Posted February 16, 2024 - 10:14am

Your watch appears to be a 1961 Craftsman with a replaced dial and movement, as movement (17J) is dated "A9" indicating the movement is 1949.

The Craftsman "F" was white gold plate, but had a black dial and a 21 Jewel movement. It's possible this dial came from a Craftsman "D" (matching font), or was refinished from black to white with the addition of the crosshair "X". It's Anybody's guess.

Generally, a watch with a mismatched movement and dial with a 12 year discrepancy in dates would be classified as "non-conforming", but Based on the case only being used for Craftsman, I would be inclined to ID your watch as 

Craftsman (no variant) noting replaced movement and dial.

Posted February 16, 2024 - 11:55am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u


I just found reference to another white gold case Craftsman in the 1961 Linebook. It doesn't change my ID of no variant, but reveals another variant - Craftsman "G". White dial (no cross hair either), white case 21 jewel movement.


Kathy L.
Posted February 16, 2024 - 11:33am

Great research Bob.  I am good with IDing this as a Craftsman with it being the only model using this case.

1961 Bulova Craftsman (noting replacement dial/movement)

Posted February 16, 2024 - 12:34pm

Thank you all for reviewing.

I don't think it would matters for assessment, but the dial is actually 2 tone gray/silver? and white, but not a bright white.  The camera could not capture it. Left and right segments are the gray/silver.  Do you know of a model that might have had this dial?   Also I am curious about the A9 on the movement.  For my own future research on Bulova movements and interpreting the data correctly, I read the references available in the date code section on this site as a 1949 movement would have 49 or J9... An A9 would be 2009, which is not possible for this movement?  Is there a different set of ref material I should be looking for when dating Bulova watches... I have more than a few at this point.

Thank you again for assessing my Craftsman watch... There will be more to come. I look forward to being part of a great watch community. 

Posted February 16, 2024 - 12:41pm

In reply to by blankenau

For reasons unknown (to me at least); A9, J9 and 49 all represent 1949.

Welcome to our world :o)

Posted February 16, 2024 - 12:53pm

Understood... I am very appreciative that there is this much information and experts available for this brand. I have always had an attraction to Bulova.  Many other brands I run across have little to none available. :(  

Posted February 16, 2024 - 6:16pm

As Neetsuf indicates A9 is indeed 1949, the period when Bulova introduced their new dating system, and I don't mean speed dating :-)

Seems it took then a few goes in 49 to finally decide on a system. Not sure why we they didn't go with a K9.....ohhh

I'm also comfortable with a general 1961 Bulova Craftsman ID, with the note of a movement (and possible dial) replacement.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 16, 2024 - 9:09pm

1961 Bulova Craftsman is a good ID

Posted February 16, 2024 - 11:11pm

1961 Bulova Craftsman is a good match noting replaced dial and movement.