Bulova 1959 Princeton

7/10 votes
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22.90mm x 17.60mm
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21J 10BP Heat-Cold Isochronism with 5 adj,  2-Tone Dial with Raised Gold Markers, Gold Hands, L9 on both the Movement and  10K RGP Case,

Thanks Plainsman for the ID!

Takes a GS CMX352 crystal


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1959 Bulova Princeton "AB" 21J 10BP
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William Smith
Posted October 15, 2012 - 4:04pm

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I agree w/ A and/or B

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Posted August 27, 2011 - 8:43am

I agree 1000% William - the Watch is either the 'A' or 'B' variant and not 'AB' as listed.

Posted August 27, 2011 - 10:56am

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The 2nd ad for 1959 in the data base has a match as the "Princeton"

Posted August 27, 2011 - 6:18pm

Princeton it is until we figure out what "A" or "B" means.

Posted August 27, 2011 - 7:28pm

I do have a theory on the "A" & "B", one is yellow gold and one is white gold like the one shown on the first page of comments.

"A" = White/Silver 2 tone dial & Gold case

"B" = Black Dial & White Gold case?

The Black dial has a L8 21J 10BP movement and a L9 stamped case.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted August 27, 2011 - 7:34pm

Makes sense Greg but it's a guess until an ad discloses which is which, I'd vote for the Black Dial to be 'B'...but it's a guess.

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William Smith
Posted October 15, 2012 - 5:10pm

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The 1961 Bulova Model price lists includes the following Princeton variants.  The lists are not complete, but still are a good gage of what was available at time of list publication.

I bet there are some patterns in the unique Bulova model numbers.  e.g. There may be a pattern with last digit in model number being associated with attributes like case gold color.  I'm thinking they didn't randomly assign these model numbers, but w/ Bulova .....it wouldn't surprise me.

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Posted March 9, 2013 - 11:41am

I have a "Princeton" in white gold, marked M0 on caseback and L9 on movement. The Movement in mine is a 10BC, 21J. The dial is black as in RGB's watch. Trying to figure out how to add pictures to this comment.

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William Smith
Posted March 9, 2013 - 1:50pm

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If you want to add your watch to the database, that would be great.  Then we would have another white gold/black dial example.  See: add your antique or vintage Bulova watch
I thought we had and FAQ on how to add pictures, but I can't find it now....  The add a watch page has some instructions.  Hopefully someone will remember where the help/tutorial/instructions page for adding pictures is located.