Bulova 1959 SVP

Submitted by Stinky_Sullivan on June 1, 2023 - 8:03pm
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22.8mm x 22.6mm While the G-S CMT308-25 will fit, the CMT308-26 is specifically labeled by G-S to be for the SVP “III”
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1959 Bulova SVP “III”
10k RGP bezel
L9 date code on stainless steel case back
SN E088545
L9 17 jewel 11AF movement

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From above, this case looks identical to the Ruxton. The other ‘59 SVP “III” notes the Ruxton crystal fits the case. I confirmed that. The crystal is missing from this watch so I pulled the crystal from my ‘50 Ruxton “A” and put it in this case to take the picture and it’s a perfect fit. The Ruxton is thicker when viewed from the side and the case back has more of a curve. But the likeness is unmistakable.

1959 Bulova SVP “III” dial
1959 Bulova SVP “III” case back
1959 Bulova SVP “III” 11AF movement
1959 Bulova SVP “III” with 1950 Bulova Ruxton “A”
Posted June 2, 2023 - 6:43am

good comparison; it looks like the Ruxton case is thicker, along with that curved back. This case design had a long run, well into the 60s as the Minuteman.

Agree with SVP III

Posted June 2, 2023 - 7:13am

In reply to by Andersok

I made some other comparisons. The Ruxton is 9/16 between the lugs while the SVP is 5/8. There are minor differences in length and with as well. The SVP is wider but shorter than the Ruxton. The ‘57 Broker is also similar in design but still distinguishable by an observant eye.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 2, 2023 - 8:41pm

I also agree with 1959 Bulova SVP III