Bulova 1957 American Girl "Z"

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Bulova American Girl "Z" from 1958

Case is 10KT Gold Filled, multi-faceted/sculptured design; caseback is dated L8. Running on a 21 Jewel 5AD movement dated L8. Bracelet is the original spring type; 1/10 10KT GF signed Bulova. Dial is white with silver markers, even numbers. Photos taken without crystal.

Two adverts showing this watch as a $71.50 model, "Z" variant referenced to the 1958 Price list for Model 5168 - "Z". 1960 Advert   1957 Advert


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Posted March 30, 2014 - 1:09pm

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I also need help identifying, and possibly buying, a replacement crystal for this watch. The approximate dimensions are 10.8mm x 8.5mm. Thanks


Posted April 1, 2014 - 10:19pm

A couple possibles on a crystal, these are for flat bezels, and a tad bigger than your measurement

Definitely a American Girl...

Geoff Baker
Posted March 31, 2014 - 5:42am

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Ken - I think you're right with the American Girl ID but I don't make the connection to the "Z" variant. I find an ad for a 1957 "Z" but it is not a match? All the ads I find for this version show no variant.

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 7:44am

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I see the 1957 ad for a "Z" and it is certainly not the same style, good catch; the model number is different also - and when I look further up the 1958 price list for that model number there is indeed another "Z" variant; so "Z" is listed twice on the price list, once for model 5717 and once for model 5168; very strange. Would not have thought to look for two of the same variants.

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 6:32am


     As can be seen in the 1958 Price Guide the Model Reference numbers for the American Girl "Y" and "Z" models are as seen here:

And can be seen to match the Model Reference numbers in the 1958 ad snippet.

"Y" for (yellow gold) and "Z" for (white).

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 9:28am

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Nice watch! American Girl.

$71.50 would be $580 in today's money. 

Posted April 7, 2014 - 1:36pm

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Given the evidence presented, American Girl Z. I currently have 14 different models but not this one. I've had it in both white and yellow at some point in time. Getting all of them would make a pretty cool collection. I think I've posted 5 of my favorites.  Have fun with them, truly a testiment to the brilliant designs they produced.

Posted April 14, 2014 - 4:35am

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Based on the pricing guide information we have, white gold would be the Bulova Miss America "Z"

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Posted April 15, 2014 - 7:12am

"American Girl", "Z".

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Posted April 21, 2014 - 5:20pm

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Ok, am I missing something here?