Bulova 1956 Bulova 23 "B"

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Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1956
Movement Model: 
10BPAC
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
6625545
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
26.5mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 Marked L6 on movement and case. Stainless Steel scallop design   case 39.8 lug to lug, 30.8 wide not including he signed crown. White re-finished sun burst dial, silver hour markers, silver Lance hands.  Black leather band. One of my favorite 23's.  

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William Smith
Posted March 9, 2013 - 3:07pm

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Agreed Bulova 23 for sure.  I think we have this one nailed down to variant too...but not positive with those waves/dips where bezel meets crystal.  

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William Smith
Posted March 9, 2013 - 3:32pm

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This is pretty early in the life of the Bulova 23 series.  The 1955 Fall price list gives these variants (below) by price. I clipped the 3 higher price variants off the bottome of this snippet.  This is the section of the lists that appears to give all models/variants for sale at date of list.    

In other places in the price lists, they give gold color and some other charactoristics for some variants of Bulova 23.  The $59.95 price narrows the subset down a bit.  
Fall '55 list grouped by price shows A and B are both White gold (W). Sometimes W is used for stainless steel cases.

In the ten minutes it took me to do this, someone has probably found the ad and got the variant call nailed down already....LOL
 

Gerard
Posted March 9, 2013 - 3:42pm

So there is a white gold in the same design? I have one but thought maybe someone put the wrong back on it before it fell into my hands.

JP
Posted March 9, 2013 - 6:56pm

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I have one too Gerard. Definitely a 23.

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William Smith
Posted March 9, 2013 - 7:52pm

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1955 ad for "23 B" below.  Interesting I don't see any watches in the database ID'ed as the "A". 

The "A" is also White or Stainless case and same price. Wonder what the difference btwn "A" and "B" is?  Two different/unique Bulova numbers, so there's some noticable difference :)

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Posted March 9, 2013 - 7:56pm

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mybulova_admin
Posted March 9, 2013 - 11:40pm

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Bulova 23 "B" works for me.

See third row, first watch here http://www.mybulova.com/node/4618

 

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William Smith
Posted March 10, 2013 - 12:15am

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From Admins link above:  What's the difference between the A (second row right) and "B".  Pasted below:

While on that page, I noticed the "black dialed" version of the "A" has radium dial.  I wonder if the black dial of the B also has radium dial?
I'm still torn btwn A and/or B for subject watch.
 

mybulova_admin
Posted March 10, 2013 - 12:34am

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The "B" is the only advert that has an exact dial match. Not the one above...the one in the link 3rd row first watch.

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William Smith
Posted March 10, 2013 - 12:56am

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Aha...I see the wording on the dial now.  LOL I posted the second watch, 3rd row.  Here's the first watch 3rd row on left.

I'm good with B.  My bad on seeing the details of ads.  Thanks for pointing it out for me.