Bulova 1955 Bulova 23 "F"

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1955 Model 23. I don't know if the face is supposed to be this color, or if its got a nice even patina to it. The watch keeps great time. Might gain 1 minute in 48 hours. I found it on ebay for next to nothing. I was planning on swapping a black faced movement into the case, but the watch is nice and I don't really want to mess with it. The case is not stainless. 

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1955 Bulova watch
1955 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted September 17, 2015 - 7:17am

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Nice watch Blackbird. The dial was originally white.

I'd ID this as a Bulova 23 "D"

Here's the full page ad:


Andersok's picture
Posted September 17, 2015 - 7:24am

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Looks to be a match to the Bulova 23 'F', which has the white sunburst dial and this style case, 1955 ad

I think your dial was originally more white and has since aged

Posted September 17, 2015 - 2:34pm

The color of the dial doesn't show up quite right in the pic. Its more of a gold color than a dirty white. I thought I saw an ad for one with a similar dial somewhere on the site. If they didn't come with a gold dial, clearly its a very even patina. I kinda like it as is. It keeps very  good time and is very clean inside. 

Posted September 17, 2015 - 2:58pm

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I would also say that it is Bulova 23 "D", lugs are significant

Andersok's picture
Posted September 17, 2015 - 5:52pm

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The lugs on this are not the same as those on the D, which has a wider connecting point to the case with a small dimple. This case is the E/F type

Geoff Baker
Posted September 18, 2015 - 7:07am

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Ken, I'm confused. We linked the same advert but I don't see the "F" variant in it? I see the "E" with a black dial but not an F. Is there an advert I missed? I think I see the lug difference you're referring too and agree that this one does not match the "D" variant I suggested. Here's a watch with the dimpled lugs you refer to:


Can you show me the "F" advert?

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William Smith
Posted September 19, 2015 - 7:52pm

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Here's a snippet of the first (1955) ad Ken linked.  Looks like both watches are displayed, and the "F" is noted as white dialed version of the "E".

Me thinks the "F" may have originally come on that pictured expandable band, so that may be a deciding factor in that variant call?  

I'm also noting the difference in the lugs, w/ subject watch having lugs more like the E/F variant listed above.


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Posted September 20, 2015 - 7:29am

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Thanks Will

Posted September 19, 2015 - 8:14am

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Bulova 23 "F" variant shown here: http://www.mybulova.com/forums/bulova-23-series

Geoff Baker
Posted September 20, 2015 - 6:00am

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OK, now I see the error of my way, "F" it is.