Bulova 1955 Bulova 23 "B"

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1955 L5 23 "B" Variant

edit Nov 2013: added new photos, to include a period display case, 16mm black leather strap, and price tag showing variant "B" and model "31303 WHT" to match the ad from 1955.

-watch has a new owner 3/2014

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Posted September 25, 2013 - 9:32pm

Very nice watch. Welcome to mybulova. We will research the id and talk it out.


Posted September 26, 2013 - 12:41pm

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Thank you! looking forward to learning more about this watch. I am hoping to get it opened and share some photos of the movement -Ken

Geoff Baker
Posted September 26, 2013 - 5:47am

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Wow this watch is in amazing condition. I think this is the iconic 1950's Bulova watch. White dial or Black I just love these watches. I would put on one of those white gold / statinless steel expansion bands with black leather inserts ( but that's just my opinion).

Either way - yes, 1955 Bulova 23 "B" it is. Thanks for stopping by - wonderful watch.

Posted September 26, 2013 - 12:52pm

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Thank you! I would like to see what the band you refer to looks like. Though, I prefer a leather strap and would like to find one similar to the original, with the stitching continuing accross below the spring area, like the one in the linked ad below by FifthAve, and this fine example http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/watches/watch%20Bulova.jpg?1355478997. Most straps that I see available, the stitching goes off to the side as it ends.

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Posted September 26, 2013 - 8:35am

Posted September 26, 2013 - 12:53pm

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Thank you! that provides a great reference to match up to.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 26, 2013 - 1:41pm

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23 'B'

Posted September 26, 2013 - 2:10pm

23 B

Posted September 28, 2013 - 7:22am

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Could someone tell me if the case of this watch is white gold or stainless? Thanks

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Posted September 28, 2013 - 8:09am

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It is probably stamped on the inside caseback, but my guess would be gold filled.