Bulova 1957 Surfmaster "A"

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1.02
Variant: 
A
Manufacture Year: 
1957
Movement Model: 
10BPAC
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
C271662
Case shape: 
Square
Crystal Details: 
23.15X23.15 gently tapers down on all four corners. The flange is 25.12mm sq. CMS660
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

My fathers watch, now mine. Runs ok and self winds. The hands have rust, and some of the rust particles are scattered on the face.

I searched a long time till I found a picture of the watch that shooter144 recently posted here ID-ing his watch as a 1957 Surfmaster. The differences are this one is 23J, and it has a full sweep second hand. In the discussion about shooter114s watch it was mentioned that there is a crystal listed for a Surfmaster-A model, so perhaps that is what I have?

My watch was held together the same as shooters, with four press pins so I removed those and seperated the case from its gold frame, the whole unit pressing along with the crystal out the back.

The watch face is signed "Bulova", "23 jewels" and "Selfwinding". The back is stamped with "patent pending, L7, C271662".  Then the four thin beveled edges of the back are stamped with "BULOVA, *waterproof* Anti-magnetic, Stainless Steel back Shock-resistant, Self Winding. The crown is also signed "Bulova".

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William Smith
Posted October 28, 2012 - 12:45am

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I think all Surfmaster ads on site are 17 jewels.  Here's a 1958 ad snippet below:

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bobbee
Posted March 18, 2013 - 7:13pm

That's right Will, all Surfmasters are 17 jewel, manual winding.
So this is NOT a Surfmaster.

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1955mercury
Posted April 20, 2016 - 9:29pm

Hey Guys. Take another look at this one. Doesn't it match this 1958 ad?

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 21, 2016 - 12:02am

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I'd say the ad is a match except for the hands, which have probably been replaced, they seem wrong.