Bulova 1951 Westover

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
8AC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
None
Case Serial No.: 
4426402
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

The movement is spotless 8AC 17j with LO=1950 date symbol. The case has a L1 date stamp. The watch is keeping quartz-like time. The condition indicates the watch has not been around the block too many times, maybe went to church once or twice. Probably lived in the dark for close to 60 years.

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mybulova_admin
Posted March 28, 2011 - 6:31pm

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Wonderful to see this beauty finally named.

GVP
Posted June 12, 2012 - 8:03am

 

Ok people. My friend 57vert and I have been trying to get to the bottom of the "Westover" crystal saga after, as in previous messages here, I found the G-S crystal that was noted by other members was incorrect and would not fit. So here is the full information we have found, hope it is helpful to some. Thanks again to Charles for taking the watch and spending hours searching to get this info.

 

So after EXTENSIVE research, here is the info for the Westover (or the model named as such on here).

First:  There is NO GS crystal that will fit. We did not rely on the catalogs, Charles went trying crystal by crystal in the entire size range, AND THERE IS NO CRYSTAL.

Second: The BB MX2129 (186) definitely fits.  Here's the weird thing, the crystal number usuallyindicates the size in mm.  So, this crystal should be 21.29 X 18.6mm, but it isn't! ..........It  actually measures 21.0 x 18.6mm.  I think maybe this is where people get the GS CMX324-2 fits (21.2 X 18.7mm,) even though it has rounded corners and the watch doesn't. They possibly find the BB crystal fits, see the GS matches the dimensions, and just  think it's  a match, not realizing the size discrepancy because they didn't actually measure the BB crystal!

Third:  The WC P12MA210 (186) definitely fits, 21.0X18.6mm

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William Smith
Posted June 12, 2012 - 1:34pm

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Great work GVP and Charles.

I would qualify the first statement with "of the GS crystals which Charles had, there was none which fit".  He most likely didn't have them all. 

NOVA
Posted June 12, 2012 - 7:58am

That's good information to have about the crystal.  Thanks.

Just so you know, this model wasn't named via the crystal specs.  It was named from a jeweler's hang tag.  Still a tentative ID, but I just want to be sure that, in discussing "corrected" crystal specs, we don't overlook the actual basis of the model identification.

As for the crystal, it is possible that the one Scott listed above fits another Westover model, and that's where the confusion came from regarding which crystal fits this watch.  Bulova loved to reuse the same name over and over again.

In any event, like I said, it's good to have correct crystal information for this model.  The effort is appreciated.

GVP
Posted June 12, 2012 - 8:02am

Thanks, i'm still unsure on the ID myself. I have had models in the past that a seller has put an "original" hang tag on when it wasn't the model at all, so would love to get an advert confirmation. Being such an unusual design you would think they would have advertised it quite strongly.

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DarHin
Posted June 12, 2012 - 12:41pm

Just a note on BB part #'s.

The first 3 #'s are the size in mm. MX2129 is 21.2mm. Also, I've found that the part #'s can be as much as .2mm different than when measured with a digital caliper. The fourth and sometimes fifth #'s indicate the order that they should be stocked in the cabinet.

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bobbee
Posted February 18, 2013 - 1:53pm

  

    Westover, 1953 ad.      Validated.