Bulova 1954 Arden

Submitted by V.Scott on August 3, 2020 - 2:16pm
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I haven't yet found a similar enough match for this one. L4 on the case back and movement suggest 1954.  10k rolled gold plated bezel, stainless steel back marked Bulova New York. 17 Jewels, unadjusted Swiss movement 6BL. On the bottom left of the movement is a stamp that is difficult to make out even with a loupe. The first character appears to be smudged or is possibly a squared off B, the other two are a fairly plain XW. Works very well as is. The band is a Speidle.

Crystal could use a buffing.
Bulova L4.
Decent shape with a little attention.
In the bottom left corner it looks as if the die slipped on the first character. Hard to make out even with a loupe.
Bulova. 10k Rolled Gold Plate Bezel. Stainless Back. New York.
Posted August 3, 2020 - 2:58pm

I hope I did a bit better on these picture. I am still learning the proper formats and tools to resize them. Getting better, I feel.

Posted August 4, 2020 - 3:23am

Many thanks, this now gives us a better chance of correctly IDing your watch, however with that said I've had no luck in matching it to any advert of watch example we have on site, so alas for now I would ID as Unknown.

Posted August 4, 2020 - 5:33am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Thank you for looking. I will keep looking as well. These pics turned out much better with a bit of experimentation. Is there a way to replace some of the images for my other watches? In a reexamination I think I can get better images than I posted.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 4, 2020 - 7:24pm

The Speidel is likely aftermarket replacement. I didn't find any close match either so I'll go alomg with the Unknown classification.

Admins can replace your photos if necessary. send to [email protected]. There are several useful photo editing tools in the free domain. I use VeiwNX from Nikon. The trick is lighting and focus rght. 

Posted August 5, 2020 - 6:07am

I'm afraid I have to go unknown for the time being as well. Your pictures are improving :o

1954 Unknown

Posted August 5, 2020 - 10:22am

The Dolly Madison and the Martha Washington seem to have the most similarities in features in the adds I have looked over, though the movement is different in the adds. 

Posted August 6, 2020 - 6:11pm

I found this add for a "Vivian" , similar but not the same. Searched the name and found few references. The Academy Awards is similar as well. I haven't noticed this particular add in the archive, though I am still new here. Thought I would post it. May help someone out. 1952 Bulova advertisement.1952 Bulova advertisement

Posted August 8, 2020 - 9:16am

Found in the 1955-1957 Line Book BAWD0138 Page 16 of 23

1954 Bulova Concerto "BS" or "BT" pending confirmation of the case color yellow or white gold.


55 Concerto


Posted August 8, 2020 - 6:04pm

Case is yellow.  Reads 10k rolled gold bezel. Looks very similar, but not quite. Mine has a twelve three dial. I can't see the detail in the add, but it looks like 2 4 to me. I think this is close, but unsure. Thank you for the information. 

Posted May 26, 2023 - 9:46pm

Based on this listing in the 1957 Linebook BAWD0132 this appears to be an Arden which is a new name for the database.

1954 Bulova Arden

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