Bulova 1959 Bulova 23

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Signed 4x Dated 2x

Circular Stainless Steel Case with Scalloped bezel measures 40mm lug to lug x 30.5 mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Original Black Dial shows Silver applied Arabic numerals at 3, 6 , 9 and 12, applied Silver Dauphine Arrow tips with luminous accent the remainder. Dial Center is Phonograph textured,  Bulova logo, Seconds track, 23 Jewel and Selfwinding insignias are printed White. Hour and Minute Hands are Silver Alpha style with luminous along with a Modern style sweep Center Seconds Hand.

Stainless Steel Caseback stamped L9 screws on.

Waterproof Crown is signed Bulova.

Original Bracelet is Kreisler.

U.S.A. made 23 Jewel Selfwinding Automatic Chronograph, 6 Adjustments, Heat- Cold- Isochronism- 3 Positions. Railroad grade.

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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 7, 2011 - 4:03pm

Yes agreed, the bracelet really works on this Watch. I've had it in the database for a while just updating it's pics, which still aren't that good.

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Posted September 7, 2011 - 4:42pm

These pics are very good Fifth !!

Elgin Doug
Posted September 7, 2011 - 6:29pm

Hey 5th - did this one come to you with the bracelet already?  Or did you find it separately?  It looks to be in pretty decent shape.  I've noticed that these bracelets are often pretty ragged after 50 years, if they've been worn - often worse than the case itself.  At least, that's what I've observed on Ebay.

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Posted September 7, 2011 - 6:33pm

Bracelet was found on a different Watch and matched to one in a '23' ad, another fluke.

Posted September 18, 2011 - 4:01am

 Beautiful watch! Yes, it's got "23 jewels" and could be very accurate.

But it is absolutely NOT "railroad grade". Railroad watches meet specific requirements laid down by the railroad industry - not each individual collector.


Posted September 18, 2011 - 4:49am

 Bulova is clearly calling upon railroad imagery here; "six adjustments" and even "23" jewels recall the best of the railroad pocketwatches by Hamilton, Illinois, Elgin, etc.