Bulova 1957 Phantom "B"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1957
Movement Model: 
11ACC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
5169726
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
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Jim Townsend
Posted August 17, 2013 - 8:19pm

Nice watch i am a sucker for a black dial Bully Sweet :)

JP
Posted August 17, 2013 - 9:41pm

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56 Phantom/black dial

Geoff Baker
Posted August 18, 2013 - 5:43am

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Interesting. I have not seen a Bulova of this era without all the standard Bulova markings on the case back. At a minimum I would have expected to see a date code external. The serial number placement also seems odd for Bulova.

Tentative on the Phantom ID. I'm not so sure about this one.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 18, 2013 - 7:39am

'PHANTOM' "B"

identically cased 1956 model here http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1956-phantom-5772

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Reverend Rob
Posted August 18, 2013 - 6:33pm

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That caseback is certainly odd. On two examples, yet. This is indeed a departure for Bulova, especially at this stage in their history, when things are well standardized. 

rarevalo
Posted August 18, 2013 - 7:29pm

Your comments have generated curiosity and I have looked back with a magnifying glass and I see typical inscriptions but with a very low relief.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 19, 2013 - 5:41am

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Can you see it good enough to tell us what it says?

rarevalo
Posted August 19, 2013 - 2:46pm

Between two concentric circles: WATERPROOF ANTI-MAGNETIC down, BULOVA up, other very blurry indistinguishables.

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Reverend Rob
Posted August 19, 2013 - 11:50am

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The Mysterious Phantom. Another to add to my list...

JP
Posted August 19, 2013 - 6:48pm

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I have this watch with the silver dial and the markings on the back are indeed not very deep. Mine says stainless case and all the rest with a very strong serial number in the center. Silver hands and black sweep sec hand.