Bulova 1955 Bulova 23

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
Movement Model: 
Movement Jewels: 
Case Serial No.: 
Case shape: 
Case Manufacturer: 
Crystal Details: 
Additional Information: 

1955 Bulova "23" model "G"  23J 10BPAC, Champagne "Sunburst" dial with raised Gold numbers and markers, Gold hands, 10K RGP bezel and Stainless screw-off back marked Self-Winding, Waterproof, Anti-Magnetic, Shock Resistant, Unknown Gold expansion band marked Hong Kong, 5X signed

* Ad & correct model letter designation update 2-15-12

Not For Sale
1955 Bulova 23 "G" 23J Auto 10BPAC
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch
Posted April 16, 2011 - 9:14pm

1955 ad

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 15, 2012 - 11:23am

'G' would be incorrect IMO.

The bracelet does not match the ad.

Posted February 15, 2012 - 5:00pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Dial is different too. Possibly a "G" but maybe something else.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 15, 2012 - 9:13pm

Good catch admin, the Dial does also differ from the 'G'.

There were 12 models, or variations of the '23' ("A" thru "L") according to the original 1954 ad and Lord knows how many additional variations in the later Years.

When naming a variant the Watch should match the ad 100% in all aspects if We are to get it right.

Posted February 15, 2012 - 9:43pm

This was a test Mark...

I was hoping some of the new members would comment...It was one of those that I mentioned in my panel P.M. to you.

Admin caught it right away...you were focused on the band not matching 100%...If you use that to judge a star rating on a watch, we are in big trouble with the known watches in the database...because very very few are NOS, and even the ad's we have will conflict one and other with band styles.

After the Frankenbully poll is decided,  we had better get a discussion going so something set in stone on how we issue our ratings so we are all on the same page. The case serial number/movement date code is another issue that needs to be resolved.


bobbee's picture
Posted October 8, 2012 - 4:48pm

Cancel comment.

William Smith's picture
William Smith
Posted October 8, 2012 - 3:21pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Here's "G", "C" and subject watch.  Are the lugs a match?

Am I seeing a difference in the tip/shape of the lugs in the ad? 

bobbee's picture
Posted October 8, 2012 - 4:46pm

Bulova 23 generic.

Posted October 8, 2012 - 3:52pm

G has no numerals and C and subject watch are a match on dial and numbers. The C and subject watch are a match on lugs also. IMO this is a C model with incorrect band. If it is to be published as a C it will have to have a lovely alligator band and not the expansion band. There are many bands that conform to the originals that are just close enough to past the test of original to the untrained eye as are there many expansion bands that very closely meet the appearance of the original. I think we have been down this band road before and is a difficult one but there are records that show the watches available in expansion or leather strap with just a slight difference in price but still recognized as that particular model either way and some that only mention one type of band for the variant.

William Smith's picture
William Smith
Posted October 8, 2012 - 4:30pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Agreed on no numerals for G and C w/ same numerals. We have a bunch of "23" ads on site. I bet we can find what variant the "C"  is assigned when on a metal band.