Bulova 1959 Bulova 23 "CW"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
CW
Manufacture Year: 
1959
Movement Model: 
10BPAC
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
D445518
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
26.40MM
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1959 BULOVA"23"

Caseback:BULOVA,10K RGP BEZEL STAINLESS STEEL BACK,SHOCK RESISTANT,ANTI-MAGNETIC,SELF  WINDING,WATER PROOF,L9 and serial #

Inside case back:BULOVA FIFTH AVE NEW YORK

Case back is held with retaining ring.

10BPAC 23 jewel movement(dated L5)

Rotor:BULOVA-USA,23 JEWELS,6ADJUSTMENTS,10BPAC,HEAT-COLD-ISOCHRONISM-3 POSITIONS.

Dial:Sunburst dial readsBULOVA,23Jewels(in script),SELFWINDING.Gold numerals,markers and hands.

Bulova signed crown.

I like this one even tough there's an earlier movement in it.Love those long pointy lugs.

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mybulova_admin
Posted June 1, 2015 - 7:20am

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A 1959 Bulova 23 'C' comes very close for me. I'd say these were a very popular middle class working mans watch back in the day.

JP
Posted June 1, 2015 - 11:19am

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59 Bulova 23 C it is

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William Smith
Posted June 1, 2015 - 12:46pm

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Bulova 23 from me.  Looks like "C" (there's some other info on the dial of the "C" ad which isn't on dial of subject watch).  Also looks like "other 23's" with a case match, so its challenging to designate which variant.  Subject watch next compared to a few early "23" choices for comparison.

Andersok
Posted June 1, 2015 - 7:55pm

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The pricelists from 1954/55 list the $71.50 'C' variant as model # 31305; but the 1958 pricelist has this model 31305 renamed to the 'CW' variant, and 'C' is no longer available. I feel the subject watch is a match to the watch in the 'C' ads, but should be 'CW' based on it being from 1959.

The similar looking but different 'G' variant case mentioned by Will should resemble this style of case.

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William Smith
Posted June 1, 2015 - 10:27pm

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Yea I thought by this time those single-letter variants morphed into two letter variants.  I'd go three ticks on the "CW" call for 1959.  Between earlier ad and price lists, we have the match.  Thanks Ken

mybulova_admin
Posted June 2, 2015 - 3:41am

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It could also explain the difference id the dial text.

I'll go with 1959 Bulova 23 'CW"

jabs
Posted June 2, 2015 - 3:41am

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Agree with Bulova 23 "CW"

Geoff Baker
Posted June 2, 2015 - 6:55am

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OK, I'll go with Bulova 23 CW as well. This seems to me to be the iconic model of the 1950's. I bet Bulova sold a bazillion of these. It's a beauty.