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Bulova 1954 Bulova 23 "D"

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My dad's watch, bought for him by my mom in 1955.

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1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
Posted July 25, 2016 - 6:23pm

54 Bulova 23 Sunburst

Posted July 25, 2016 - 6:28pm

Forgot to mention, in case it's not clear in the photos, both the case and movement have the L4 date code.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 25, 2016 - 8:18pm

A handful of service marks, so it was being looked after, a good sign. 

'54 23.

These dials are much harder to restore because of the texture, I don't know if International even does them. 

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Posted July 26, 2016 - 3:14am

Bulova 23 Sunburst

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Posted July 26, 2016 - 6:17am

This looks to be a match to the 23 'D', as discussed here

Posted July 26, 2016 - 1:01pm

I agree, but it actually looks closer to this one:

This and my dad's have only the line "Self Winding" without the line about six adjustments. I find it interesting, too, that both my dad's and this one that I linked to were manufactured in 1954, but both were purchased new in 1955. (They also both seem to match the 23D in the 1955 ads.)

Thank you!

Geoff Baker
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Posted July 26, 2016 - 8:14pm

Hi Farace, welcome to myBulova. I think you're most fortunate to have this wonderful keepsake from your father, I hope you cherish it forever.

I agree with Ken, that it should be classified as a Bulova 23 D. I don't think the slight dial difference is of any consequence.

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Posted August 3, 2016 - 12:05pm

beautiful piece