Identifying my grandfather’s Bulova

After my grandfather (born in 1910) died, my grandmother gave one of his first watches to me. That was several decades ago. It has never worked. I’m going to bring it in to a Bulova-trained watchmaker this year to see if it can be restored, but I am trying to find out some information about in the meanwhile. Any vintage Bulova collectors out there who know what it may be? The hidden lugs seem unique to me.

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Spend some time here: https://mybulova.com/bulova-models-1940s 

The decorative detail looks like an Arnold (I have one). The lugs look like an Attorney. A look at the movement number might help.

They are a helpful community over there.

Edit:  I think that it is a Galahad.

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Found you some information my man. It's not much, but if you have any specific information you'd like, I'd be happy to help.

https://mybulova.com/watches/1946-cadet-9023

I think it's a beautiful vintage watch that would not look out of place even today. 

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The good news is that any watchmaker worth their salt can repair it.  Parts are readily available (so are donor movements).

Once it is put right it will be a beautiful memory of your grandfather.  Even if your tastes run to chronos or divers, everyone should one a vintage Bulova (or three).

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Aurelian

Spend some time here: https://mybulova.com/bulova-models-1940s 

The decorative detail looks like an Arnold (I have one). The lugs look like an Attorney. A look at the movement number might help.

They are a helpful community over there.

Edit:  I think that it is a Galahad.

Ha, excellent. This saves me a nearly identical post. Yesterday I figured out the date code on a family Bulova to mean 1950, and that site has me identifying it as a Baxter. Mucho gracias. 

Gotta get it running though.

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Agreed, should be very easy to get fixed as a lot of those older bulovas use similar movements (and pretty simple movements at that), and the movements themselves will have some identifying info for the watchmaker to work with.

Good on you for investing some love into bringing this little treasure to life!

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my first watch was my grandfathers Bulova that he gave me before he passed away. One of my favorites and don’t wear it.

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DanCarter

my first watch was my grandfathers Bulova that he gave me before he passed away. One of my favorites and don’t wear it.

I think this one is going to be my dress watch for a while after restoring it and putting it on a leather strap. He didn’t have the original Galahad bracelet in it, but he had another even thinner gold plated bracelet that make it look a bit like a ladies watch by today’s standards. I think a black leather strap will update it a bit for wear.