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Bulova 1951 Watertite

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2.406

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

10BCC

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

86380

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

26 acrylic, hi-dome

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Screw back, no markings on outside of back, inside marked- stainless steel back-Bulova watch company-Swiss-51-86380-L1 0n movement, seems to need a mainspring, hour & minute hands pretty rusted, red sweep second hand, dial shows age{patina}.  Case has been around the block too. Another clunker I got off ebay.

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bourg01
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Posted March 25, 2013 - 9:34pm

We've seen this model before and I believe remains Unknown. I think this was a release to the European makerts or perhaps to the US Military PX stores commonly found on most Airbases. Just a guess on my part.

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 7:03am

Maybe a Watertite.  Shown in various ads as the Watertite and Water Tight.

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JP
Posted March 26, 2013 - 11:32am

Tenative Watertite. I will need to see more ad verification though

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William Smith
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Posted March 27, 2013 - 12:12am

So L1 on inside case back and movement. Date is nailed down.  Sure seems to match the ad Jay posted above.  Has the stainless back, etc...  Jay- what was the date of the ad?  If ya remember.  I didn't see the date in the graphic file name.
I'm good w/ Water Tight or Watertite....but would vote tentative.

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 6:31am

That is from a 1951 ad here on myBulova.  There are several ads out there for this watch.  I have seen many of these over the years and have an example given to a friends relative by American Airlines in the early 50's as a million mile award.  It is in the original box.

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bobbee
Posted March 27, 2013 - 12:25am

51 inside the case back, Will, I have a similar case back inside number, but 53 on mine.

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William Smith
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Posted March 27, 2013 - 1:09am

aha...it says 51 on inside case back.  Picture was blurry, but I now see that's what OP stated in additional comments.  I'm not familiar with Bulova stamping the date this way- 51 vs L1 (as on mvnt).  Bobbee, just confirming- the inside case back of your example says 53 vs L3?

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bobbee
Posted March 27, 2013 - 4:09am

Yes, though my case is the solid back type, the bezel comes off, then the crystal.

mybulova_admin
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Posted March 27, 2013 - 5:50am

Watertite works fine for me base on the year and advert.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 27, 2013 - 6:24am

I think Watertite too but sure would like to see it all in one piece.