Bulova 1953 -Unknown

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Model ID rating explained.
1.416
Manufacture Year: 
1954
Movement Model: 
10BUC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
8492813
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova 17 jewels , very rare serviced movement , rolled gold plate , nice little Bulova ......

Watch has been serviced , which means disassembled , cleaned , oiled with moebius 9010 for drive train parts , 9415 pallet and escapment , 8200 mainspring , pml grease stem , etc..  

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Jim Townsend
Posted March 27, 2012 - 4:09am

That is because one would tell me its a president and one would say no it's not. And it never was resolved to what it really is just as this one . Seems i have a knack for finding watches that no one has ever seen before. In a way this is a good thing and in a way its a bad thing because nobody can put a name to most of my Bulovas. Oh well i will keep seeking out these old beautys and posting my new finds. It is the thrill of the hunt i enjoy and that special find is the reward for the hunt.

JP
Posted March 29, 2012 - 4:49pm

Panel Member

Gee, I just bought two "water tite" watches and both are gold in color. Shucks, now I am in the same boat as you Jim.. Oh well, I'll post them and see what comes of it. I bought them right so what the heck.

John

JP

Jim Townsend
Posted March 29, 2012 - 6:31pm

I will be looking for them. Seems we have something of a mystrey with these watches

JP
Posted March 29, 2012 - 6:58pm

Panel Member

We don't need no stinking mystrey, we got water tites and we like em.

John

Jim Townsend
Posted March 30, 2012 - 2:03am

Yes we do and until someone can prove to me this isnt a water tite it will be my water tite :-)

JP
Posted April 1, 2012 - 6:46pm

Panel Member

Wellll I have another twist to the mystery. One of my water tites has the red second hand and the other has a gilt hand. Both are L4 10BUC movements and both case backs are, like yours Jim, L4 and Water Tite Bulova. Fifth what is your way in  on this new development?? All three are 10K RGP and the only difference is one has a gilt sweep second hand?? What say you Admin???

JP

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 1, 2012 - 7:50pm

JP,

We have an 'UNKNOWN'.

The Dial is very 'CLIPPER'like as Greg pointed out, but 'CLIPPERs' are all shown to be self winding and the Case design differs.  On this type of Case the Winding Stem is 2 parts and separates, the Bezel around the Glass pops off and the Movement and Dial assembly lift out through the front.

The Cases are stamped 'WATER TITE' Yes, but all of the Models named 'WATER TITE' are shown to be Steel and on the 'WATER TITE' model the entire Bezel separates from the Glass / Movement / Caseback assembly.

a humdinger

 

There is a similar design in the database named the 'CONVOY' - this could be a variant of as only the Case lugs differ.

What is the Case Diameter of Your 'UNKNOWNS'?

'CONVOY' is 31mm

 

 

 

JP
Posted April 1, 2012 - 10:37pm

Panel Member

31.51mm  and the stems are two part and the movement comes out through the top after popping the bezel off.  I have a stainless steel water tite with a 10BE movement in it and no markings on the back of the case but inside the back it says Bulova watch co. Swiss Stainless steel, There is a number stamped in there too and it is 4791.There is a T stamped into the movement. What is the year for the Convoy??

John

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 1, 2012 - 10:54pm

The ad is from '59

Waynes eg below is dated 1957

The Case design, Dial and Hands are identical. Movement is the same. The lugs on the Case differ.

 

JP
Posted April 2, 2012 - 8:26pm

Panel Member

looked up 59 Convoy in data base but did not find it.

The lugs on mine are different than Jim's and I can't tell if the are different from the convoy from the picture you sent Fifth.

John