Bulova 1958 Commodore

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
1.02
Manufacture Year: 
1959
Movement Model: 
10BUC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
None
Case Serial No.: 
D503429
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
28.0mm Diameter
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Waterproof, Anti-Magnetic, Shock Resistant, 30mm Diameter Case. 10k Rolled Gold Plate Bezel & Backplate. Dial is identical to 1955 ad shown below, 1954 Commodore in comments block below, 1957 Commodore dial in the on-site database. 1959 case appears to have upgraded the lugs in comparison the 1954,1955,1957 lug style.

 

 

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Wayne Hanley
Posted September 29, 2011 - 4:20pm

The 1950s Commodore watches are the only model to use this dial style. The latest ad is 1955 as shown above. The continuation of this dial through the 1950s should be enough to possitively ID subject watch as a 1959 Commodore. On the left is 1954, right 1955, watch No 3 below 1959.

 

bourg01
Posted September 29, 2011 - 4:26pm

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Hey Wayne,

Can't go with the Commodore ad, lugs are different. May be a Clipper of some version or antother but we don't have a match here. Killer looking watch, nice score!

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Wayne Hanley
Posted September 29, 2011 - 5:27pm

Lugs do change thru the years. Check the exact dials, check the hands, check the numbers on the dial, check the crowns. The movements all 17j 10 BUC. We already did the Clipper thing.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 30, 2011 - 3:21pm

Wayne,

Is the Caseback Gold?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 1, 2011 - 1:08pm

Caseback is gold fil.

CORRECTION: 10.01.2011 Caseback is 10K RPG

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 30, 2011 - 7:02pm

Several of these floating around - the bezel enhancement is not a match obviously, nor the Dial, but the Case lugs and Caseback characteristics are the same.

Wayne,

Do the Watches have a Yatching association?  nautical themed no doubt.

The above unknown is GF auto, Your unknown is RGP manual winding.

Possibly a Rabbit, but....

Have You measured the case, I can compare notes?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 4, 2011 - 1:15pm

Fifth

Case Diameter 31mm, 38.6mm Lug-Lug, 16.4mm between Lugs

 

Have a beautiful mybulova day!

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 1, 2011 - 9:38am

Unkown above 41mm lug to lug x 34mm, arrrrrgh slightly larger.

I like this Watch Wayne, very nice. It needs a positive ID.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 2, 2011 - 11:55am

This 1954 Commodore was sold on ebay earlier this year, accompanied by this1955 ad (not presently in our database). In my comparative analysis all of the features of this 1954 watch identified as a Commodore in the ad as applicable to the 1954 model watch. It is without a doubt a positive ID.

In further comparison, I see all of the features of 1955 ad & 1954 Commodore watch to be identicle to my 1959 unknown. The only differences that can be seen between the 1954 Commodore & my unknown & can be easily attributed to subtle 5 year evolutionary upgrade of the Commodore model are as follows:

1. Lugs

2. Backcase 1954 Water-Tite / 1959 Water Proof  

3. Backcase 1954 Stainless Steel / 1959 10k RGP

4. 1959 Dial Waterproof above the 6

 

                                                               

 

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 1, 2011 - 1:54pm

#'s 26 and 30 in the ad have identical Dials Wayne yet are 2 different models due to Case design. One is self winding, one is not. The Dial theory is not a basis for a positive ID IMO as We have seen different Model Watches sharing the same Dials across the board.