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Bulova 1954 Bulova 23

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 A 23 Jewel self-winding model with a 10 BOAC movement. Black sunburst textured dial. The Speidel bracelet may be original.

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Posted April 1, 2011 - 6:20pm

Rob - This is called a "Bulova 23".  You'll find that option in the dropdown list.  If you want to confirm that, there are others in the database.  Do a search for "Bulova 23".  Also, check the ads for early 50s, and I believe you'll find this watch or something very close.

Posted April 2, 2011 - 1:46am

 I didnt see that. You're right, thank you!

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 11:37pm

I'm looking at the shape of the lugs.  Those "hips".  I'm checking ads for similar case style.  And checking other watch records for time period.  Perhaps something other than a Bulvoa 23- a model with 23 jewels called ?  What year in our ad database does the first advertised "Bulova 23" appear?

I found this 1954 ad

Ad states "New" and doesn't indicate any letter variant.  Has the "sunburst" dial.  ...and different case shape.  I guess 1954 rolled out the 23 jewel movement:

1955 ad below shows same case as subject watch. Offered w/ three "variants" available, but doesn't specify letter variant for choices.  "sunburst dial not evident in pic below, but doesn't mean it's just an artist rendering issue.  I don't believe the term "sunburst dial" was used for subject watch or ads as early as 1954/55, but termed a little later in collector circles and used in retrospect.

Now what year do we first see 23 Jewels printed on dials or in ads?  Not much earlier, if I remember correctly.

Subject watch passes muster for confirmed Bulova 23 - IMO.  Shawkey (2010) states several early 23 had choice of charcoal and/or black dial.  May or may not have had seperate letter variant advertised as such for these two choices, but had to have some way of ordering w/ charcoal dial choice.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 1:31am

Need a pic of the case back to get the date code.

Posted May 19, 2012 - 1:46am

I replied to William Smiths' message earlier.  I still have the watch.  I will take more pictures especially of the case back once I get home.  Thank you all for the interest in my watch.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 2:40am

That's great Rob. Your welcome.  Thanks for posting it!  I PM'ed you in case you weren't checking in on the website, and hope you had the PM message forwarding notification working- just to see if you were still "out there". This is a great function admin has modified and improved over the last month.  Thanks Admin!   I didn't notice I had gotten a reply, but it must be there.....  Glad you can take some more pictures.  Will

Posted May 19, 2012 - 6:57am

i have one of these..i had two but sold one..the problem i have is when i turn the stem the whole movement moves with it...the gaskets and movement holder is in correctly so i don't know why it would do that... nice example btw....

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 8:31am


Information in regards to the Bulova "23" was posted in the Bulova timeline at the Corporate site. It has since changed.

1954 was the first Year of production for the Bulova "23" - the Watch was the first Bulova Automatic to be produced wholly in the United States. All were 23 Jewels, Automatics (obviously) in Waterproof Cases. - by the 1960's We see variants listed in the vintage advertisements to 3 letters, literally Hundreds.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 5:18am

How about the 23 "E", in this 1955 ad? Perfect match.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 5:23am

Hardly a 'perfect match' as the bracelets' differ, how about Bulova "23" with 3 ticks and We leave it that way.