Bulova 1958 Beau Brummel

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.208
Manufacture Year: 
1958
Movement Model: 
currently unknown
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
C974717
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Here is another interesting one I just picked up. White gold plate automatic 23J with 6 diamonds on the dial in diamond shaped settings. Interesting 2 tone face with stone placement on odd numbers.

Signed 3 visible times case, crown and face. I haven't opened it up; case is dated L8. Watch is very clean and runs accurately. KestenMade 10k GP NOS scissor center mesh band added by me, not original.

There are 2 other identical examples of this watch in the database, one in yellow gold and one in white; both are ID'ed as BB (one as variant "O", one as no variant).

 

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Geoff Baker
Posted July 6, 2017 - 5:08am

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This certainly is a fine looking watch, I like it a lot.

We have Bulova 23 watches in the dB with diamonds on the dial and we have Beau Brummells in the db with diamond dials, we even have Beau Brummell watches in the dB similar to this one! It's confusing. In the early days of myBulova, users were able to assign names to watches when they were added. As a result we have many watches that may be mis-identified. We also have watches ID'd without proper ad support. I cannot find an advert showing this dial configuration. I'm reluctant to ID it as a Beau Brummell.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 6, 2017 - 5:59am

Hi Geoff, Point well taken and understood. I saw that both watches I referenced were added early on without any real verification except perhaps intuition at the time. I just made mention of them for reference and, I suppose, to confirm the watch as a verified multiple example model rather than an obscure jeweler "one off" dial modification.

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 6, 2017 - 10:59am

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It is worth noting that then, as now, Bulova did custom dials. Back in the day they even did other custom orders, so there are some odd models out there, usually in precious metals and stones. Most manufacturers did this and still do this, the rarest watches are sometimes custom made for wealthy customers and are only seen by the public when they come up for estate auctions. 

mybulova_admin
Posted July 8, 2017 - 12:53am

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I'm more inclined to go down the Bea Brummel path as there were a few variations, and I'd prefer (but that's just me) to categorise the diamond dial variants as BB's rather than a standard 23s, were there is no advert evidence one way or anoither. If it were earlier, prior to the release of the BB models I'd tend to agree with a Bulova '23' variant.  

This from the 1958 price list. 

 1958 Beau Brummel moel price list

It's interesting that a number of variants were given different model numbers; eg Beau Brummel 'A' = 38734 ($195), 30873 ($89.50), 30112 ($89.50). 

Doesn't help us much in determining what was what, but does show a number of variations existed during this year.

Also keeping the consistancy going with this Beau Brummel database entry I'm tentative Bulova Beau Brummel, variant unknown.

Doesn't mean I'm right or wrong, just trying to keep them grouped, so that if we do eventually get a solid ID it's an easy update for these existing records.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 8, 2017 - 6:55am

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You're right Stephen, I'm tentative on several of the "Beau" watches we have, including the one you referenced. We probably should mark them as Beau.

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 8, 2017 - 8:49am

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My gut is saying Beau. 

Andersok
Posted July 8, 2017 - 9:28am

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I am inclined to also go tentative with Beau Brummell. Although I did not find a matching advert; here is one that looks to show an identical case, just has fewer diamonds.