Bulova 1953 Ultimatic

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1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
Posted March 18, 2018 - 9:29am

I recently inherited my Dad’s watch that he bought new when he was 18 years old. I love your site but was unable to confirm this watches information as I did not come across another watch identicle to it. The “L3” on the back is worn at the top so it may be a L5”.

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Posted March 18, 2018 - 11:03am

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Model is a match to the Ultimatic, as seen here. Congratulations on a nice heirloom watch.

Posted March 18, 2018 - 12:26pm

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Ultimatic is good match

Posted March 18, 2018 - 1:03pm

Thanks much for the information!  I’m excited to see if you all agree on the year too.

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Posted March 19, 2018 - 9:20am

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Agreed on Ultimatic. It's a beauty and a model not often encountered. I love heirloom watches. Can you provide a photo of the date code that is a little more clear to verify the date?


Posted March 19, 2018 - 3:42pm

Hope this helps but as I mentioned previously, the top is quite worn.

It looks more like 5 to me.

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Posted March 19, 2018 - 8:02pm

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Based on your photo and comparing it to watches I have that are 1953 and 1955, It looks more to me like a 3, which doesn't mean much. The only way to tell for sure would be to open it up and see what the date code is on the movement.

Posted March 19, 2018 - 9:22pm

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Looks like a 3 as well to me, but could also be a 0 for 1950. However based on the 1953 advert above I'd also ID as an Bulova Ultimatic

Posted March 19, 2018 - 9:43pm

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53 Ultimatic..

Geoff Baker
Posted March 20, 2018 - 7:23am

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Hi 2xltall, welcome to myBulova. I thin Ken hit this one straight on,

1953 Bulova Ultimatic, thanks for sharing it