Bulova 1959 SVP

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1959 (L9) case with a 17 Jewel 11AF movement dated M0 for 1960. Very similar to the 1948 Brewster as seen in the attached photos. I'm not suggesting its a 1960 Brewster...I'm just pointing out it's exactly the same size and shape with minor differences such as the lugs and on the bezel at the crown. It will help in identification i think. 

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Posted June 15, 2012 - 9:07pm

This watch also challanges the poorly considered assumption that Bulova dials did not come with 17 Jewels printed on them in the late 50's and early 60's! 

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Posted March 30, 2014 - 8:53am

 This is from a recently found set of adverts featuring several models from the never-before-seen SVP range, which stands for "Style,Value,Performance". As can be seen in the ad, it too has "17jewels" on the dial.

Only thing found before was a crystal packet with "SVP VI" on it, and a Registered Trademark,discussed in this thread: 


Variant not known, but these models seem to break from the normal way of naming variants, instead of a letter format, these use Roman Numerals, as in the "VI", or "VII".

Later these models were seen with different names, but in 1959-1961, ads for the SVP line have been found.


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Posted August 18, 2014 - 1:58am


According to the poster in the link above, the crystal for the SVP "VI" is the only fit for this watch.

I would say SVP "VI" for the ID because of that.

Posted August 18, 2014 - 7:22am

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S.V.P. VI from me

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William Smith
Posted August 18, 2014 - 3:16pm

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S.V.P VI from me too.  I'm guessing the VI would go in the variant field??  

Geoff Baker
Posted August 19, 2014 - 5:52am

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Would agree with SVP but not VI. It appears that the only reference we have for the "VI' is the crystal packet.

Posted August 19, 2014 - 4:35pm

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I would be in agreement with Geoff as there are 2 watches shown here. Look at the lugs.I think our subject watch is an earlier version based on the case back markings. Still, I'm wary of ID's made by crystal specs as that's bit us in the past. 

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William Smith
Posted August 21, 2014 - 2:59pm

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I'm good with simply S.V.P. without the VI.