Bulova 1954 21st Century

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.34
Manufacture Year: 
1954
Movement Model: 
8BA
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
8189172
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Purchased this watch from the States about 6 weeks ago - 10k RGP - musical note like lugs. I had the back off  and there was a retainer to hold the movement tight in the case. This was spring like and it was a devil of a job to get back - I forgot to make a note of the movement number.  I don 't feel inclined to have another look!

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GVP
Posted December 2, 2010 - 12:50pm

 Hi,

Thought i'd drop in on this one as I have the same 1954 model here. I have taken the crystal out and used the calipers. Firstly it IS arched both ways, and measures 21.3 x 18.9 and takes G-S Crystal CMX324-6C (I also have one here and have fitted)

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted November 27, 2010 - 9:55pm

Mark,

 

Yah... what's up with the "herd instinct," on eBay?!? You see nada for months at a time (from non watch resale specialists) then voilla! (Another one+) But you would think they'd at least take the time to copy the info, vs. just seeing one sell and then haphazardly listing a like model? (And be wise enough to wait a month, THEN LIST IT... after NONE are/have been up, for awhile!? LIKE DAH...)

 

BEST :-)  Scott

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 28, 2010 - 10:33am

Scott,

I've watched (no pun inteded) a LOT of old Bulova's on ebay. Key words for the majority of resellers seem to be 'Vintage' and 'Curvex', both crowd pleasers - The only resellers I have seen use the actual model names are Shaun and Gary. 

 

I think You outsniped Me on a lot of Glass last evening My friend, I owe You one.

ML.

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted March 9, 2011 - 4:38pm

Noel,

 

I know... It took me a year+ to get Shawn to start using "names and nos." to his ADVANTAGE... And Gary was unto that sooner, likely as Shawm and I were doing so, already??? And in general... whatever is proven to WORK for Shawn, etc... Gary and others tend to use, once proven, I think!?

It's GOOD to use "Vintage..." but the OVER use of "Curvex," etc. shows EITHER ignorance... or (mainly) intentional MIS use for keyword advantage, etc... (However the use of Curvex is both overrated, and (more often than not) makes the seller look and sound  like an IDIOT, or untrustworthy... unless they are someone like Shawn, or Gary... who OTHERWISE are far more knowledgeable, detailed and UPFRONT... that the "monkey see/do" herd!

 

:-)  Scott

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1939noel
Posted November 26, 2010 - 8:30am

Amazing - lovely watch. Thanks for your input.

Cheers Noel

GVP
Posted December 6, 2010 - 7:47am

 Are we sure this is the Harrington. As posted above the crystal and case do curve both ways on my identical 1954 model. The crystal that fits exactly is the Ivanhoe crystal........ ......

Gary

GVP
Posted December 29, 2010 - 1:57pm

 still think this is the Ivanhoe model........ crystal specs say so

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted March 15, 2011 - 10:13pm

Hey Gary,

Are you saying that this "MX" style crystal (s) AND the watch bezel indeed curves BOTH ways, then??? If so... then it WOULD BE rather the IVANHOE?!?

 

:-)   Scott

 

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 10:13pm

MODEL  GS GS   SUC  BB BB

 

Regis, Harrington (Curves lengthwise, only)  3  CMX324-6 (Std. Molded)   RMS124-27T (Flat Top)   CMX213? 188?

 

Ivanhoe (Curve BOTH ways)  3 CMX324-6C (Molded, Comp. Curve)   RMS124-26 or -27B (Flat Top or Gabled)  1 MX2135, A, B or C x 188      (Curves x 2)

 

Best :-)  Scott

 

P.S. HMMM...  IT MAY ALSO BE, THE "REGIS!?" (I forget WHY I rather thought, "Harrington?")

1955 & 60 G-S catalogs:  "Ivanhoe" = CMX324-6C (Compound Curvature!)

1957 & 60 SUC catalogs:  "Ivanhoe" = RMS124-26 (Compound Curved or Flat Top...)

1957 & 60 SUCs: "Harrington" = RMS124-27B

1957 Federal lists BOTH the REGIS and HARRINGTON, as taking the "MX8-214 x 187 (Dual Bevels,  lengthwise... like the "EXCELLENCY SS," etc.  (And it CURVES LENGTHWISE, ONLY...)

AND... the various crystal Catalogs mention the "Harrington " as BOTH single and compound curves!? I believe that only the IVANHOE crystals curve BOTH ways, ON the bezel... (i.e. against the metal...)

  

Daca102090
Posted December 18, 2011 - 4:01am

Since the last update on this the model had been definitely identified as the Ivanhoe.