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A mystery of an old Bulova (?) watch

Good morning experts,

My mother-in-law, who died recently, had this watch (see ) since the early 1950's. It was given to her in the Soviet Union. Yesterday, for the first time I noticed that the brand was Bulova, and not one of the Soviet brands they manufactured back then. The back cover contains a Soviet gold proof mark 583, and an abbreviation, in Cyrillic, MDMF5.

Bulova was not a household name in the Soviet Union. In fact, I have never heard of it until we moved to the United States. I wonder if it possible to find out whether it’s a real Bulova watch and what may be the story behind it.

Thank you very much!


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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted January 18, 2017 - 12:46pm

Hey Boris, welcome to My Bulova. We'll have to see the inside case back for any additional markings as well as the movement itself. 

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 20, 2017 - 6:01pm

Boris, your mother-in-law's watch may be a marriage of parts, with a Bulova dial and movement and a third party case. The stamp on the back of the case certainly isn't from that of a normal Bulova.

It would be good to see inside the watch.