Bulova 1952 Co Ed

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Model ID rating explained.
1.727142
Manufacture Year: 
1952
Movement Model: 
6BS
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
025475
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

Thanks to OldTicker, this is being corrected to a "Coed".

The second ad from 1954 shows one that looks virtually identical to this one.

On the movement itself, just below the word Swiss, is what looks like L1, which would be 1951.

And, thanks to William Smith, what I thought to be a box and the letters MX, actually is BXW, an import code.  I was looking at it upside down. . .

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William Smith
Posted February 20, 2012 - 5:32pm

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Mercurym  I think the MX you may see is really the swiss import code on the balance cock and if you turn it upside down, you'll see BXW.  So it's a 1951 mvne in a 1952 case.  About the only thing I can be fairly sure of  is that the movement wasn't placed in the case before 1952.  Bulova using "last years" movements in "this years" cases happened quite a bit. 

mercurym
Posted February 20, 2012 - 5:42pm

Ah, that makes sense.  There have been a few times when I haven't been sure if I'm looking at something right-side up or not.  Even the movement code on this watch had me turning the watch around a few times before I decided I had it right. 

Time for new lenses.  Every year a they get a little thicker.  Soon enough I won't be wearing coke-bottle lenses, I'll be wearing a pair of telescopes.

Thanks for the info, William. 

OldTicker
Posted February 20, 2012 - 10:06pm

I don't think its a Miss America, but maybe a Coed, 1954 ad, center column far right.

The description says its is Yellow Gold, but it may have also been available in White Gold. The ad is hard to see, but it looks like smooth sides and the same lugs.

mercurym
Posted February 21, 2012 - 9:44am

Hey, you're right!  I think it is a "Coed".  It is a little hard to see, but it all fits better than the "Miss America".  Thanks! 

OldTicker
Posted February 21, 2012 - 10:18am

Is this watch White Gold or Yellow Gold?

It looks like White on the photos.

mercurym
Posted February 21, 2012 - 12:52pm

It does look white in the flesh.  I'm not sure if it's white gold, or if the yellow gold plate has worn off.  All the case says is 10kt Rolled Gold Plate Bezel.  The gold-ish coloring in places is simply a reflection off of some other watches I had nearby, I think.  This was a long way of saying that I think it's white gold.

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William Smith
Posted February 21, 2012 - 7:30pm

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Mercury   There are 12 ads w/ Co Ed btwn 1948 and 1954.  All close, but lugs are different.  All w/ text say stainless back or no mention of back.  1950 ad states both white and yellow gold, but I bet that's an option not shown in the other ads.  Shape morphs w/ time, but one of two 1951 ads is below

the 1952 ad looks similar to above- the1953 ad (below) says raised gold numerals, silver dial. 

 

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William Smith
Posted February 22, 2012 - 12:29am

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whoops...here's the 1954 CoEd from ad.