First post... but hopefully more to follow as I get "into" vintage watches more and more...
I'm getting married in November and, though I have purchased gifts for my groomsmen already, I thought it might also be "cool" to buy them some watches form the 40's, given that the "theme" for my wedding is going to be same. I've grabbed a few off of E-Bay (admittedly, not knowing much about vintage watches) and have a few questions.
Here is the first, an Elgin, which I have dated to 1938 based on the movement's serial number:
#'s 2 and 3, two Bulovas that I'm having a tough time dating:
This one has 21J 7AK movement
...and this one has a 21J 7AP movement:
I've searched all over and cannot find "exact" duplicates of these watches though I have found similar ones. Since I don't know much about disassembling vintage watches, I am hesitant to start prying open the cases of these with my dime store eyeglass screwdrivers. Can any hints come from the design, dial fonts, etc.? I'm guessing sometime in the 40's but I can't get any closer than "pre-1948" (due to the lack of a letter code on the case serial) and was hoping that someone could eyeball these and say "thats an 19XX blah blah blah, etc."
Yes, they're all rose gold (so is my wedding ring) and I've had them wound up and running all day and all seem to keep really good time. Two were recently serviced.
One other thing I noticed is that these things are *tiny* -are these by any chance women's watches or were they REALLY that small? Any hints on where to purchase "period correct" bands? Last but not least, should I keep these for myself? :)
Thanks to any help you may be able to provide. I've ordered "100 years of Vintage Watches" from Amazon but there weren't any similar looking Bulovas (or Elgins) in the book.