Bulova 1957 American Girl "S"

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Bulova L7 year model, 10k Rolled Gold plating. The watch strap is original, however, I have not been able to find a match on the Advert database. Closest picture matches are either an " American Girl " model or a "Dolly Madison" model. This watch was my grandmother's, who passed it on to my mother, who passed it on to me. The watch needs the crystal replaced, and the winding mechanism repaired. I have not opened the case (afraid of damaging it), but would like to identify it, in order to send for restoration.

Thank you, Paul

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 1, 2013 - 1:17pm

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American Girl, I believe, with a replacement bracelet, the original would have been a bangle. 

Posted March 1, 2013 - 1:57pm

I concur with Rev. Rob

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William Smith
Posted March 1, 2013 - 10:04pm

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I don't recognize that it's an American Girl, bangle bracelet or not, but I'll recheck the ads.

One of the defining charactoristisc of this later American Girl series is the bangle bracelet.  There was one American Girl ad from the late 1920's or 1930's which shows Am Girl on something other than a bangle.  However all the later models for which we have ads (and examples in the database- except one) show the bangle bracelet.  

Since that one 1958 exception  is ID'ed as American Girl without on a bangle bracelet, I would like to be consistent.  IMO this is one of those model series where the bangle bracelet makes the generic American Girl ID valid, and then case style/bracelet style allow possible ID'ing to the variant of American Girl.   

I have to review in light of this before voting.


Posted March 2, 2013 - 12:48am

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The American Girl "S" uses the same case, but both the dial and band are different. There is a square version on a leather band IDd as the Dolly Madison.

Guts telling me the band isn't original. So would be happy with a tentative American Girl "S"

Geoff Baker
Posted March 2, 2013 - 6:15am

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American Girl, not so sure about the "S" variant

Posted March 3, 2013 - 12:26am

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S variant relates to the case style. If it is an American Girl without its original bracelet then it would be an 'S' based on the case design alone.

Maybe Shawn can chime in here.

Posted March 2, 2013 - 11:12am

Thank you for all of your comments and efforts to ID this watch. I will keep checking to see if I can find any documentation on the watch.



Posted March 2, 2013 - 12:51pm

I have added some photos of the inner workings of the watch. I hope this helps in the identification process.





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William Smith
Posted March 3, 2013 - 4:05am

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I agree if its gonna be an American Girl without the bangle bracelet, if the case matches the "S", it makes sense to go with "S".   I gotta go look for the "S" ad :)

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William Smith
Posted March 7, 2013 - 6:25pm

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Votes to date.  
3 American Girl: Geoff, JP, Rev Rob
2 American Girl variant "S":  Admin, Will

My rational for going with "S" is given above, but if the (bangle) bracelet isnt necessary to the ID, IMO the case matches that of the "S" variant.