Bulova 1959 Rhapsody

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1959 Rhapsody

Caseback:BULOVA,L9,10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE,and serial#


5AD 23 jewel movement si dated L9

Linen dial has gold applied markers and reads BULOVA,23

I think this is the Rhapsody"CC" or "DD" .It's in white gold which must have sold more than the yellow as I haven't seen an example of the yellow(and I've been looking).

The band is original and looks great.It's marked:U.S.A. DUCHESS1/40 10K RGP 

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Andersok's picture
Posted April 6, 2015 - 7:32am

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The only variant that I can narrow down is the yellow version of this style, which is the "CC" variant. Unfortunately, there are two different styles at the $65 price as indicated in the 1961 pricelist and seen below (tapered band style and a winged jet style); so "DD" may or may not be the white version of the tapered band style. Can't be conclusive, so have to either go tentative "DD" or just Rhapsody no variant. 1959

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Posted April 6, 2015 - 11:34am

I think this is the "DD",the yellow gold version beeing the "CC".

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William Smith
Posted April 7, 2015 - 4:43pm

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How do we distinguish between the "DD" variant and the "FF" vartiant?  Are we assuming alpha numeric variant naming?  Price is the same.  Note the four consecutive  "New" internal Bulova Model numbers for the four variants at $65 price.

CC = 53428
DD = 53429
EE = 53430
FF = 53431

The "consecutive" pattern does not hold true for the "old" internal Bulova model numbers for same watch.  The "exception" being the old FF model number.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 6, 2015 - 12:43pm

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I'd have to agree with Ken, Rhapsody for certain, tentative on DD variant.

Posted April 6, 2015 - 1:42pm

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Agree with Ken 

Posted April 6, 2015 - 3:43pm

They must have sold more of the white gold version of this one as I still haven't seen one in yellow gold and I've been looking.

Posted April 6, 2015 - 3:50pm

The one on the far right with the winged jet bracelet is the "OO" variant (white gold )

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Posted April 6, 2015 - 8:02pm

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The far right watch I posted is a non-diamond version, similar to the "OO" with diamonds.

Posted April 7, 2015 - 10:02am

I thought I had an example of all the Rhapsodies.I guess I'll have to look for that one now.


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William Smith
Posted April 7, 2015 - 4:18pm

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There are several variants listed in the cumulative sections of the Fall 1961 and Spring 1964 price lists.
Fall 1961

Spring 1964


The first occurance of Rhapsody is in two different sections of the Fall 1958 price lists.
The first occurance is in an unknown section of the price lists which gives several models, but I'm not sure why these models are listed in this section.  The case color Yellow (Y) is listed.


The second is further down the list, in the Cumulative Models section.