Bulova 1959 International

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.505
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
333.149
Case shape: 
Oval
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I'm posting this one because it's a European Bulova, Swiss case and has different markings than what we normally see. They seem to use a decimal system, inside the case is 333.149, and on the back is "Bulova Swiss" and "1.28729". Movt stamped 'M0', case stamped 'M0'. 

Casemaker is Maeder-Leschot, of Biel, Switzerland. 

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Reverend Rob 1960 Bulova International 09 21 2014
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mybulova_admin
Posted September 15, 2014 - 2:17pm

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i think we are seeing two different aspects here, normal models sold to non US customers by the Bulova International company and those marked with International on the dial belonging to a particular model with variants.

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bobbee
Posted September 15, 2014 - 2:47pm

Crystal specs give watch model name on the far right. Some of them match the movement used in the two other Internationals in the DB.

 

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 15, 2014 - 2:39pm

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It should be easy to separate the different lines, the European ones won't have the import codes, as long as we can see the movt, that is. 

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bobbee
Posted September 15, 2014 - 4:15pm

Reverend, are you sure the first number on your case back is a number, and not a letter?

The other two International models case back serial start with; "I-xxxxx"

"I" for "International".

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William Smith
Posted September 15, 2014 - 5:26pm

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I thought it may be "I" for inconclusive....

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bobbee
Posted September 15, 2014 - 9:39pm

Ken mentioned not seeing the International model name in the price lists from the sixties.

Maybe it is because, as I have been trying (badly, as usual!) to explain, the International Collection were all individually named as we see in the late 1960's ads, and the International models are imports, and the price lists are all US-only price lists.

You won't find all (if any) watches sold on other continents and other countries in US price lists.

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bobbee
Posted September 18, 2014 - 8:59am

For the "International" name change- Bourg01, Will, ReverendRob, Andersok, bobbee.

Against- ?

Post it, unless there are any votes against it?

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William Smith
Posted September 21, 2014 - 7:32pm

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I'm good with two ticks Internatinal.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 21, 2014 - 9:58pm

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If I can find the watch (I may have sold it) I will check the back again. Just by the pics I can see it is certainly possible that we are seeing an 'I'. All it takes is one little ding or scratch and the brain jumps to a conclusion...