Bulova 1955 President

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1955
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
A146122
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1955 Bulova President .  10k yellow rolled gold case and stanless steel back. Black dial with gold hands and numerals. Calibre 10BM 21 jewel movement.

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peter_g 1955 Bulova President 01 05 2015
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bobbee
Posted January 2, 2015 - 12:40pm

Lexington "B" with re-painted dial.

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William Smith
Posted January 2, 2015 - 1:34pm

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Sure looks like the case of the Lexington "B" from this 1958 ad used in OldTicker's example.

Note thequad dial in the ad, as seen in OldTicker's example.

Looks like the Lexington "B" was available as early as Spring 1955 (Model list below)

Same model/variant still available in Fall 1958 model price lists, w/ same unique model number (below).

So there's two Lexington "B"s with diff unique Bulova model numbers (same for Lexington A).  Could the price diff btwn the two "B"s listed reflect a different mount and perhaps a black dial?  Who knows?

Subject watch could be a Lexington "B" with a repained black dial vs the white quad dial shown in the ad, or it could be that Lexington "B" was also available in a black dial version (31107 $57.50) for which we don't have an ad.  There is evidence that two were available, but the distinction remains Unknown.

For now, I would give three ticks for generic Lexington (no variant) and two ticks for Lexington "B" noting that it may or may not have come Point Of Sale in a black dial version.

 

jabs
Posted January 2, 2015 - 3:20pm

Panel Member

Good work Will, agree with Lexigton

peter-g
Posted January 2, 2015 - 4:35pm

it doesn't look like a repainted dial.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 3, 2015 - 5:44am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi Peter, looks like you're moving your watch collection into the 1950's. I agree that the watch is a Lexington but not sure I will commit to a variant. Regarding the black dial, I rather like it this way. Wear it proudly!

peter-g
Posted January 3, 2015 - 7:30am

Geoff Baker wrote:

 Wear it proudly!

 

My first 1950's Bulova and i will wear this one proudly ( it's a great looking watch)

Andersok
Posted January 3, 2015 - 8:56am

Panel Member

This watch does have a nice look to it; looks like a Lexington case, not sure if the dial is original and we do not have an ad match at this time; would say that the $57.50 'B' version should match the ad - this watch does except for dial color and numerals, and no other variant at that same price. Is it possible that some of these Lexington models were derived from prior President models, such as the Lexington 'A' in the above ad; the President 'D' that matches the 'A' case in the ad above came with a black dial that is very similar to subject watch, perhaps something a jeweler swapped out for a customer if they asked? Not sure if the Pres dial even fits this case.

Lexington, no variant

bourg01
Posted January 3, 2015 - 2:10pm

Panel Member

The dial looks like ir's original to me and I've seen hundreds of refinished dials. Lexington, variant Unknown.

plainsmen
Posted January 3, 2015 - 6:16pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm good with the Lexington.  Super sharp watch Pete.  Congrats on that find!

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1955mercury
Posted January 3, 2015 - 6:36pm

I've got a 1955 Lexington "B" in my hand right now that I'm pretty sure is all original. It still has the band pictured in the ad. It also has the daulphine hands and the "X" shaded dial. The watch in question looks like it has the Lexington "A" dial and hands in a Lexington "B" case and the dial is black. I would speculate that this was another Lexington variant Bulova offered.