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Bulova 1954 Bulova 23

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Interesting Watch - No name or printed information on the dial. The back has full Bulova infromation on perimeter including the name BULOVA, Stainless steel back, Anti-magnetic, Shock resistant, Self-winding, Water Tite . Centre surface includes Bulova Quality and L4 for 1954 plus the case serial number noted above. In the advert information on this site the Christmas ad for 1954 shows a very similar watch with a scolloped edge around the dial; however, the face states Bulova, 23 Jewel, Selfwinding. It is named as a Bulova 23 Jewel. I am as always very interested in your opinion.

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1954 Bulova 23 watch
1954 Bulova watch
Posted June 15, 2016 - 2:40pm

Might be a refinished dial but it looks like a "23" Starburst.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted June 15, 2016 - 2:43pm

Probably a Bulova 23 that has had the dial cleaned. The numbers come off easily, and with a heavily textured dial such as this, I have seen them brushed off, leaving the dial more or less as we see it here, with virtually no trace of the former markings. 

My guess would be a Bulova 23.

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Posted June 15, 2016 - 2:47pm

Agree with Bulova 23 ID

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 16, 2016 - 4:40am

I'm going with the "23" ID as well. All the indications as the "B" variant (below) but the "B" has a white dial. Missing the dial markings I would also venture that it's a refinish. Honestly, it doesn't look bad this way, I kind of like it.

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Posted June 16, 2016 - 5:49am

Agree with Bulova 23, and most likely a non-luminous white sunburst dial 'B' variant. Looks to also be a nickel plated case.

Posted June 16, 2016 - 6:16am

It sure looks like the ad posted by Geoff; however, the dial is silver. On close examination with a loupe I can't see any trace of white. Could the white have been removed when it was cleaned?

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 19, 2016 - 6:16am

I guess two possibilities exist. First that it was refinished to it's current condition. The other is that the original paint was removed leaving it this way. I favor the former but either is possible I imagine

Posted June 19, 2016 - 12:59pm

Although I would never damage an original to make it look this way I rather like it the way it is.