Bulova 1956 Beau Brummel

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This one has been in my collection for a few years and has always mystified me. Is it a beau Brummell or a 23? It came to me in the 23 box as seen and is literally spotless. Kreisler gold filled band appears to be original to the watch. 6 diamonds on a sunburst dial.. Case and movement dated L6. By all appearances, it's a "23" with a diamond dial, and I have no reservations that this is an unmolested original. I can'r say whether box is factory original or if it was dropped in by a jeweler at time of sale. Runs and keeps perfect time.

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Geoff Baker
Posted July 1, 2017 - 6:54am

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I would say this watch started out life as a 23C and the diamond markers are aftermarket. Beau Brummel had diamonds but I've not seen it with the extra gold markers. I like the band, I haven't seen that one either.

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Would that make this Non Confrming?

Posted July 1, 2017 - 2:02pm

Just went and revisited BB's in the database and assume your comment is about numbers instead of markers on face?

Posted July 5, 2017 - 8:30am

Hey Geoff,

Not that it has  any relevance on ID'ing subject watch, but while researching another model, I came across this BB that appears to be sporting the same band. Also has odd number placement of 6 diamonds, for what that's worth


Posted July 1, 2017 - 9:23pm

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It's possible that the dial is legit as the diamond setting style is the same as this model.

Bulova Launcelot 'A' watch

Certainly a first here, so now to determine if it's a Bulova 23 Diamond, Beau Brummell, of non-con?

Posted July 5, 2017 - 8:31am

Also appears to be same settings used on the BB "AJ" , "QQ" and "RR" among others, so Bulova was using them?

Geoff Baker
Posted July 3, 2017 - 8:49pm

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The distinction I draw is the number of diamonds (6) and the placement on the odd number markers, different I think than other know production models. I also think, from what I can observe, that the markers the diamonds are mounted on at different that Bulova used on Beaus (and this Launcelot).

Posted July 1, 2017 - 9:48pm

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A 1955 price list has a number of Bulova 23 watches listed for around the $75 and $90 mark. The Bulova 'I' & 'J' models however are both listed as $175, suggesting something a little extra has been added, possible solid gold version or diamonds.

Posted July 1, 2017 - 10:14pm

In my initial write up, I made a grammatical error stating "I have no reservations that this is an unmolested original. " Actually meant I have no reservations it is anything BUT an unmolested original. I have been wrong before though.... Also, the small dark marks around the "7" position diamond setting are shadows from a couple little nicks in the crystal.

Posted July 4, 2017 - 7:57am

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It is identical to the Bulova 23 "C", with diamonds instead of trilons; but was it that variant originally and then altered with the diamonds or is it all original and another variant that we do not have an advert for? The "23" series did have some diamond variants, so it is possible that it is a "23" or perhaps a BB. Without the advert showing the current configuration, I am going to say it is a Bulova 23, no variant.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 5, 2017 - 5:18am

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I would be agreeable on a "23" ID