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Bulova 1954 Bulova 23 "E"

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Model ID rating explained.
3

Variant: 

E

Manufacture Year: 

1954

Movement Model: 

10BPAC

Movement Jewels: 

23

Movement Serial No.: 

L4

Case Serial No.: 

7852502

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Bulova 23 "E" by the looks of it and an early one. L4 marked movement and case back. I believe 1954 was the roll out year of the Bulova 23 Model. Band is a late 1960's replacement until I can find a more "ad correct" one. Not bad physical condition, but runs fast.

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jabs
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Posted December 12, 2017 - 12:41pm

Bulova 23 "E" it is

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Reverend Rob
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Posted December 12, 2017 - 1:05pm

Running fast can be caused by a lot of factors, not the least being magnetisation.

Bulova 23 'E'.  

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted December 12, 2017 - 11:09pm

Good point; I assumed crud on the hairspring/ wraps sticking together .

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Andersok
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Posted December 12, 2017 - 10:17pm

Agree with Bulova 23 'E'. I've noticed that some of these first year 23s were chrome plated before being made SS; is this one chrome, Stainless, or gold?

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted December 13, 2017 - 10:05am

Excellent observation Ken. Back is marked "Stainless Steel Back" and no other mention of composition (no plating reference). I just revisited it and I'm not quite sure. Under magnification, it has seams on the bottom edges of the lugs, like a RGP case but is unmarked. I always assumed it was a stainless case, but it would appear  that it might be rolled chrome over base metal? One would think if the plating was white gold, it would be called out on the back.

Geoff Baker
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Posted December 14, 2017 - 7:11am

Looks like a 23 "E" to me. 

(PS - I think all chrome is plated)