Bulova 1953 Brixsome

Submitted by GVP on November 17, 2010 - 5:19am
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I am taking a stab in the dark that this is indeed the Rumford Model as I cannot find any adverts with this on. The crystal this takes seems to fit two models according to GS catalogues, the "Hadley" and the "Rumford". Indeed they look near identical but this model has different lugs (see Hadley watch also listed).   If anyone has any better ideas as to the model please let me know and i'll update, for the time being it will be listed as the Rumford.

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Posted November 20, 2010 - 4:52am

It's the RUMFORD... The HADLEY has different lugs... Shawn sold one recently. And the crystals are interchangable...

I just sent a HADLEY to Philip... (Shawn beat me to the ID 2 resale punch!) It however takes the beveled "Flatop" style crystal, as labeled by G-S on the packaging. (I also fitted both crystal styles, and the "FT" clearly befits the Hadley case/aesthetic...)

The RUMMY probably then takes the other fit/style crystal, originally? But the cases are also VERY similar. So perhaps there's even a THIRD model, and both of the aforementioned, originally sported the "FT???" Or maybe it was even "aftermarket?!?!" But I doubt it, as it "FITS" the lOOk...)




Posted April 5, 2012 - 5:06pm

Looks to me like we have a problem with this Rumford ID as well as with the Hadley ID.  They both take the same crystal--as does a third "unknown" shown below.  We have no ads for any of them.

Left to right:  1) the subject "Rumford", 2) the so-called "Hadley", and 3) a third model that takes the same crystal. 

Watches two and three are from my collection, so I was able to confirm that the same crystal fits them both to a "T".

Posted April 5, 2012 - 4:44pm

But looking at all three, there are subtle differences in the lugs on each one as well as small differences in the top and bottom horizontals of the cases.

The left and center look to have the same bezel design but different lugs and the right one has top and bottom embellishments on the bezel as well as a third shape to the lugs.

Posted April 5, 2012 - 5:04pm

In reply to by Daca102090

Yes, they are all different cases.  That's not the point.  The point is that there's no basis for either the Rumford or the Hadley IDs.  Both of those were ID'd on crystal specs alone, yet there are at least three models that take the same crystal, and no ad to show what any of them looked like.

We simply do not know which is the Hadley, the Rumford, or the whatever.  And, since we've now come up with three of these, there may be others as well.

They are all "unknowns" at this point.

Posted April 5, 2012 - 4:45pm


Posted April 5, 2012 - 4:46pm

Is there an ad positively ID'ing any of the Three? 

If not, the 'HADLEY' in the database may not be after all.

Posted April 5, 2012 - 5:05pm

That was my point exactly.  No ad for either the Rumford or the Hadley and at least three models that take the same crystal.  There's no basis for calling any of them any particular name at this point.

Posted April 5, 2012 - 5:22pm

Nova, Your bang on and this is the reason I have never been one to put stock in the name on a crystal package as a solid ID. There's just too many examples of Bulova's that similar models all take the same crystals. Until there's an ad, maybe a tentative at best, unknown IMO.

alien Ant
Posted June 16, 2013 - 6:19am

1953 advert with the above watch in it and it looks like the brixsome.

Posted June 16, 2013 - 7:12am

In reply to by alien Ant

Good pick up of an old record. Certainly looks to match the subject watch.