Bulova 1951 Watertite "F"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Variant: 
F
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
10BTC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
107607
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

also stamped L1 unadjusted, and SXW (or MXS) near the advance/retard pin.

model is a watertite i think

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Geoff Baker
Posted March 20, 2014 - 5:50am

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Hi baron4004, welcome to myBulova. I'd say you're spot on with the ID of "Watertite". I see a couple different variants in the ads (Watertite D, F & L). This case style shows up a couple times as having no variant and once as a "D".  It's a nice looking watch. I like the red sweep hand.

I'd vote to name it "Watertite" (no variant).

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Posted March 21, 2014 - 7:23am

mybulova_admin
Posted March 21, 2014 - 7:48am

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The Bulova Watertite 'F' is advertised as having a chrome case with stainless steel back where as the Water Tight 'D' (yes the spelling is different) is advertised as having a full stainless steel case.

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1951-1...

From the wear on the subject watch I'd say its the Watertite 'F'.

The Watertite 'C' has a 15 J movement.

The Watertite 'M' seems to be an exact match of the 'F', but is advertised in 1953.

In later 1954/55 we have adverts showing this watch as the Bulova Magellan.

There are also a number of refferences IDing this as a Seabee when presented on a leather strap.

It also looks like it morphed in the first of the Sea Kings in 1955.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 21, 2014 - 7:54am

interesting to note the inner Caseback is stamped 51, not the familiar L1.

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baron4004
Posted March 27, 2014 - 6:05pm

thanks to you for your input. i will stick to 'watertite' for now.

had a hell of a time fitting my old W german made fixoflex to it though. a lot of time with a file and pliers!!

so, works well and fits well