Bulova 1963 Regatta 23 "G"

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Variant: 
G
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Model: 
10BZAC
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
G384927
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

This is the second of my purchases, this watch is the same as one I already own and this very rare to find model Regatta in this king of condition (all original except the spiedel strap) was proudly worn by Roger Moore when he played the Saint in the 1960s tv show. It is a beautiful watch with a pie pan dial. The one I have already keeps great time and rivals my Omega  Seamaster Professional and my Omega Constellation Chronometers for accuracy on and off the wrist.

Owner states "M3" on case.  I removed this entry from Case Serial No: field in root record above.  Will July 2015

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Geoff Baker
Posted December 25, 2013 - 5:53am

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Regatta 23 it is, "G" variant as advertised. Nice watch, I like the Roger Mooore back story.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 25, 2013 - 9:28am

Watched the show regularly as a Child growing up in England.

'REGATTA 23'

plainsmen
Posted December 25, 2013 - 10:41am

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Nice... Regatta 23 G

mybulova_admin
Posted December 25, 2013 - 7:55pm

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Agree with the Regatta 23, but the band may (I said may) be a variant.

Three ticks for Regatta 23, two for Regatta 23 "G"

spencerline
Posted December 26, 2013 - 6:11am

Hi Admin, yes the band or Strap is by Spiedel and not original to this watch  which is a Regatta G variant. I have already got another watch, the same model as this one with its original 1960s strap in top condition and it is a fantastic looking and accurrate. (Picture Below) Also worn by the Saint Roger Moore in the 1960s for most episodes often shown close up onscreen, so when I spotted this I just had to have it.

When the Regatta 23 on the Spiedel band  arrives I will take it to my jeweller for a good overhaul and clean and then I may put it up for sale at a small profit . These Bulova Regatta 23 watches are top draw and fantastic worn casually or with dress clothes, I like them as much as if not more than my Omegas..

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William Smith
Posted December 27, 2013 - 10:36pm

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My old eyes can't see the "G" variant vs the Regatta 23 generic in the supporting ad.  I gotta check the ads at higher resolution.  I'll also check the Bulova Price Lists, because subject watch falls within the price list time period. If their ain't a difference btwn generic and "G" based on ads, band, and price lists, I'm good with a tentative 1963 Regatta "G".  

I gotta see something suggesting there's a difference based on band between "G" and another variant. There could be...... but a tentative "G" may better describe this watch than a generic Regatta 23 

 

spencerline
Posted December 28, 2013 - 4:35am

Hi William I do not know enough to know the difference between Standard and G variants and I know what you mean about the old eyes, lol. I blew the picture up in Paint and in the AD picture in the tiny writing under the watch strap bottom it says "Double Duty Watch News Regatta 23 "G" slim Custom casted case and rich expansion band gleam with enduring elegance.

Dependable self wind timekeeping, Waterproof and Bulova 23 precision movement 79.95 USD.

So it is the Regatta "G" variant in the AD, Kev

The two watches below  the Main Watch in the AD are  Regatta 23s "A" and "C" priced at 49.95 and 59.95 respectively.

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William Smith
Posted December 28, 2013 - 6:31am

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Thanks for providing the tiny print from the ad. I looked at the higher resolution ad, and your watch sure looks like the Regatta 23 "G"  w/ that distinct outter copper "pie pan" style dial.  One part of the ad  that  got me laughing was "slim" custom case.  Your watch has something like  a "bubble back" which I don't think of as thin.  I guess thin was relative....  Bulova marketing....

The price difference btwn A, C, and G should be indicated in the Bulova price lists, and I bet we find the "G" variant is $79.95.  There were sooooo many of these Regatta (and other 23's) price differences may not be the end all, but it sure helps narrow things down.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 28, 2013 - 6:40am

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This any better old man ;) ?

HA HA!!

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William Smith
Posted December 30, 2013 - 12:18am

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Thanks Geoff  Yep that is better resolution :)