Bulova 1949 Ruxton "A"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
A
Manufacture Year: 
1950
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
4121678
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Tonneau shape (G-S MT322 possibly)
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

1950 Bulova Ruxton, L0 date code (movement and case back), 10k RG case, Stainless Back, 17 Jewel 10BM Movement.

Watch includes original Display Case, Outer Box, Guarantee Book, and a removed portion of the original bracelet.

Original bracelet was replaced by a JB Champion scissor-expansion bracelet (1/15 12K gold-filled top and stainless steel back) . Watch includes a 3-link section of the original bracelet that was removed; this removed portion matches the bracelet that is seen in the Ruxton advertisements during the early 1950s; and is packaged in the original manilla envelope written on and used by the jeweler that re-sized the bracelet.

Display case is in great condition. Outer box shows some wear. Guarantee Book in good condition; binding is coming apart. Watch crystal has some scratches. Watch case is in great condition, and has a wonderful gold shine. Movement is in working condition. Dial shows some wear, but is fairly clean.

Adverts to reference: http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1951-2.jpg / http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_photos/user2196/0001_29.jpg (note the the style of  the dial numbers '10' & '12' and how a small extension of gold hangs from the top of the '1' and to the left).

 

Update Nov 2013: watch has found a new owner

 

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JP
Posted October 6, 2013 - 4:03pm

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Ruxton tenative based on bracelet.

mybulova_admin
Posted October 7, 2013 - 12:46am

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Everything seems to be a match for the Ruxton 'A'

Geoff Baker
Posted October 7, 2013 - 4:52am

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Certainly a Ruxton. I wonder what differentiates the "A" though, I don't see a difference.

mybulova_admin
Posted October 8, 2013 - 7:10am

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I agree Geoff, I can't see any differences so I'd be happy with a 3 tick Ruxton "A".

Geoff Baker
Posted October 9, 2013 - 4:33am

Club 5000Panel Member

Ruxton "A" it is then.

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William Smith
Posted October 4, 2014 - 1:21pm

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THe first linked ad states the "A" is yellow, and there is a white at the same price.  The quarterly Spring 1955 price list shows two Ruxton - and "A" and "C".  Both with same price.  So it looks like that is the difference.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 9, 2013 - 6:34am

'RUXTON' "A"

Andersok
Posted October 9, 2013 - 11:18am

Panel Member

Thanks for the review and identification! I am wondering if this model is a rarer one, since there are only a few identified on this site?

Geoff Baker
Posted October 10, 2013 - 4:43am

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It's hard to say Ken. Remember that Bulova was (still is for that matter) a mass producer of consumer goods for most of it's history. In addition to watches they also produced, at different times clocks, radios and gift sets. Additionally they very astutely used print advertising, beginning in the 1920's to mass MARKET their products. While there are some models that find their way here more frequently than others, I'm not sure I would classify very many Bulova models as truly 'rare'.

The point I would make though it that is serendipitous to find one in as nice a condition as yours is.

Andersok
Posted October 10, 2013 - 6:54am

Panel Member

Good points Geoff, and thanks for replying. Their clocks and radios have caught my attention a time or two; some very interesting ones, both vintage and current (clocks).