BXW swiss import code

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I read somewhere that the BXW we see on Swiss movements is an US import code spicific for Bulova required on "finished" movements coming into USA.  It was not required on Swiss eubauchs coming to USA.  Other watch manufacturers had their own codes assigned to them.  I just don't remember when this requirement started.  

Can anyone refresh my memory....or correct it please?

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 10:43pm


To My knowledge BXW indicates a Bulova Movement produced in Switzerland and has no relavence to a U.S. 'import code', it merely indicates the Movement is Swiss manufactured.

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William Smith
Posted February 21, 2012 - 11:01pm

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Thanks Mark

I found this thread:


and others, but none which indicate when this may have started. 

Posted February 21, 2012 - 11:33pm

Here are allot of import codes for watches.


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William Smith
Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:39am

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Thanks gsnowx 

Still looking for a date range for this requirement.  Also thinking.... someone said a case SN w/ first charactor being a letter rather than number may have been used on watches intended for other than USA markets.   

So a swiss movement made during the timeframe of the BXW requirement but lacking such a hallmark may be likely to be in a case w/ first SN letter? 

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William Smith
Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:47am

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anybody got a copy of this on their shelves?

Kathleen H. Pritchard: Swiss Timepiece Makers 1775-1975, Phoenix Publishing

 It's not at the Hawaii Library, and would take weeks to get through NAWCC lending library?