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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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bobbee's picture
Posted July 29, 2014 - 2:18pm

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.

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William Smith
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 5:21pm

Yea there are some Westies which say "Bulova" by one crystal manufacturer. ...but didn't we have the crystal specs for Ivanhoe from a different crystal catalog and the crystal specs fit the subject watch?  I think Ivanhoe as a model name, based on an American Classic movie would not be a bad marketing move by Bulova.  They may have had to get "permission" to use the name, or maybe not if they don't directly reference the movie but only play on its popularity.  I don't think Lisa was joking, and I know I wasn't...but the name of the movie being used by Bulova for marketing (the same as a crystal which fits subject watch) is speculation...

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Posted July 30, 2014 - 1:57pm

Here is another Ivanhoe crystal, this also fits the "Minute Man 'B'".



Totally different shape to the above's crystal.


We now have a correct name for this model The "21st. Century", a Bulova generated ad.

I think the movie link is a really crazy idea, as Lisa was definitely joking to match the moustache to the watch curves! Can you think of another, actual, real example of this naming method?

Here is an equally bogus naming method.

Why not call this watch the "BUDPNQ"?





Get it?   :-D

The "old" method of using crystal records have again and again been proved unreliable in quite a few ID's, and an advert, albeit from Mexico, that shows multiple correct US model names too should definitely be preferred. Clinging to old ways is not the way to go, if you ask me.

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William Smith
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Posted July 30, 2014 - 3:25pm

good one- budpnq  I like how your mind works !!! 

I can't think of another Bulova model names after a movie, but what about all those watches that Bob Hope endorsed in the 1950?  It's not the same, but it's not a leap to name a watch based on some current event for marketing...but it's only speculation..  and with the crystal specs fitting another model then it's even more mind waiving  on my part (vs hand waving).   It was just a thought for discussion :)

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Posted July 30, 2014 - 4:20pm

Stop being ridiculous Will. Moustaches are a serious hobby to some folk.

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Posted July 30, 2014 - 2:09pm

This is the correctly sized Minute man that the above crystal fits. Lisa's crystal dimensions for her's are 25mm X  21.6mm. 1957 ad.


Geoff Baker
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Posted February 18, 2015 - 8:27am

Panel request  - record re-opened for further identification.

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 9:37am

21st. Century.

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 12:08pm

21st. Century

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 12:47pm

21st. Century