Bulova 1951 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by Reverend Rob on January 24, 2017 - 12:59am
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25 mm
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This is the sister of the Seabee (And the Magellan), the Watertite. This one seems to date from 1951, althought the case has no date or serial number either inside or on the back. The movt is stamped L1, and the crystal is the smaller type associated with the Watertites at around 25mm.

Simple case, only a bezel and case back, both in Stainless Steel. 

1951 Bulova watch Non-Conforming
1951 Bulova watch
Posted January 24, 2017 - 2:38am

The case looks like one of the ones I picked up on the bay that was for I thiink a watertite. None of tthem had any markings of Bulova but sure looked like the real thing/

Nice looking watch Rev.

My vote is Watertite.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 24, 2017 - 5:55am

I'm in for Watertite

Posted January 25, 2017 - 9:28pm

Weird how there are no markings on the back case at all.

Reverend Rob
Posted January 26, 2017 - 1:17am

Sorry, guys, I should get a pic of the caseback, it says only 'Water Resistant, Antimagnetic, Incabloc, All Stainless Steel.' Nothing at all on the inside. Not the first time I've seen a lack of 'Bulova' on these cases. Maybe Bulova was outsourcing the cases or maybe it was a new production of some kind?

Geoff Baker
Posted January 26, 2017 - 5:30am

Hmmm, I missed that. No Bulova markings could mean...........

Posted January 31, 2017 - 8:13am

Is there an ad showing this as the Watertite? I couldn't find a matching one looking through them all. I'm hesitant to id as such, especially with no Bulova markings, and am going with Unknown at this time.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 4, 2017 - 6:42am

Unknown or just 'not a Bulova'? My concern is the lack of any Bulova case markings.

I'm leaning toward the later, on reconsideration I think it's an aftermarket case with a Bulova movement.

Reverend Rob
Posted February 4, 2017 - 10:48am

The case certainly does not match any of the Watertites in the DB. Unless there is an example of a known Watertite without case markings (Because maybe they were changing or experimenting with case suplliers?-unknown) then this might well be non-conforming. 

Geoff Baker
Posted February 12, 2017 - 7:25am

Panel - Unknown or Non-Conforming?

Posted February 12, 2017 - 1:11pm

Agree with Non-Conforming