Bulova 1953 21st Century

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The BULOVA "IVANHOE," Circa 1952- 57 (?) 17 Jewels... 

The watch is currently for sale hereafter, if anyone is interested? I inquired about additional images, so excluding the case back, there you have it, for the 1953 version, as advertised?


I previously thought the bezel only curved one way (Hence the prior "Harrington" ID hereafter)


however according to both Gary and (since) also a third party... it apparently curves from side- to- side as well... And of the three very similar crystals and models specified, from numerous crystal catalogs... ONLY the IVANHOE curves both ways... (See also my prior comments and crystal data, below...)

It also appears to denote "L1" on the movement, so perhaps this is yet another 2- year (til cased) gap??


Best :-)   Scott


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Posted March 24, 2011 - 10:14am

Admin - 

Agreed that we have different strengths.  And I would also suggest that the only way those of us who are new to this will learn and eventually become experts (no one was born knowing this stuff, afterall) is if our questions are answered (preferably with kindness, if not respect) and the gaps in our knowledge are filled by those who have already mastered the subject.  Rants and insults are completely unproductive.  When I first started participating in this site, someone assured me that we are all still learning.  So, then, it seems like there's no reason for anyone to feel threatened when an assertion is questioned.  We're all supposed to have the same mission, i.e., to build a reliable archive of Bulova watches.


As for the Harrington, Regis, and Ivanhoe.  .  .  .

If I read correctly what Scott was saying, it's not just the crystal shape that is different, but there may also be a difference in bezel shape, i.e., one curved, one not.

Here's mine, with the curve in both directions.  Note that the glass itself, on top, only curves one way.  I only realized it curved both ways on bottom after I took it out.  Anyone have one that curves only one way?

For all you who have been doing this for a long time--would it not be unusual to have such a distinctive case from the same year be called two different names with the only difference being slope of the bezel?

Posted March 24, 2011 - 12:43pm

Of course it's called the Ivanhoe!  Why didn't I think of this before?

A smash hit in 1952.  The watch was inspired by the mustache.

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Posted January 14, 2012 - 3:30am

It IS a near perfect match to the stache.....

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2013 - 5:36pm

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No info on case back markings. L1 on movement is all we have to go on for info from the watch record as entered. 

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Posted June 14, 2013 - 7:08am

oh Yay!

A Crystal spec and a Moustache are surely worthy of a tentative ID.


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Posted April 6, 2014 - 8:10am

Central American ad from the mid-1950's names this the "21ST. CENTURY".

"Siglo" is the Spanish for  "Century".

EDIT:- This is a BULOVA advert, not a jewelers ad.

Sorry to rain on the parade.

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Posted April 6, 2014 - 9:24am

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Ditto for me. 21st Century. Nice to have an ID for this one with ad. 

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Posted July 28, 2014 - 6:29am


Needs renaming.

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 12:28pm

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I wonder if Siglo name, even if from Bulova ad, is a Bulova marketing model name based on region of sales, and it was/is called something different if original POS was USA?  Perhaps the movie wasn't a big hit in Central America.  The other three model names/watches in that ad use the same names we see in USA ads, so I may not be on the right track...

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 3:17pm

That wasn't a serious attempt at giving a reason for the name, just a joke about the film, surely?

There are several other models found in those Mexican ads, all are in the decades (1950-59) db and most are known models.

21st. Century is a known model name, from a crystal packet, which is where the Ivanhoe name comes from.

Too dodgy a method for names, it seems some Westfield names are in the crystal packet names under "Bulova".

e.g. Tildon, Stanton.