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Bulova 1955 Bulova 23

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1955

Movement Model: 

10BPAC

Movement Jewels: 

23

Movement Serial No.: 

N/A

Case Serial No.: 

A236211

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Original Polished

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This 1955 23 is marked "Bulova 10k Rolled (then two or three characters I can't make out) Plated Bezel Stainless Back New York" on the inside case back.  It has the L5 date stamp and A236211 on the outer case back as well as Bulova, Anti-Magnetic, Shock-Resistant, Self-Winding, Water Tite, and Stainless Steel Back.  The crown is not signed, but I do not believe the crown has been replaced as the finish and patina matches the case exactly.

The movement is signed Bulova - USA, 23 Jewels, 6 Adjustments and 10BPAC (as well as listing the 6 adjustment positions).  The movement is in beautiful condition and keeps fantastic time.

Nice, clean watch from 1955. 

The dial and crystal appear to be original and untouched except for crystal polishing.

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JP
Posted May 5, 2013 - 2:36pm

Generic Bulova 23.

plainsmen
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Posted May 5, 2013 - 3:12pm

Yep... this is a Bulova 23 with the white sunburst dial.  Very nice example... that watch was taken care of.  Thanks for showing it!

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 6, 2013 - 5:46am

Not sure here, it's certainly a great looking watch but something isn't matching. I don't see those lugs on any advertised "23" in the '54, '55 or '56 ads. I see them on a Beau in '56 and a Watertite in '54. Crown is aftermarket but has no bearing on ID.

I'm going to look at this a bit more before I vote.

 

 

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted May 6, 2013 - 8:09am

I tend to agree with Geoff.

We have a 1955 advert that says that there were 12 different Bulova 23 models.

This one is closest to the "J" model as seen in the updated advert below....but doesn't seem an exact match. I saw another advert that had an "R" model but I think that it was in fact a "I" mid-ID.

Tentative generic Bulova 23 at the moment for me.

Bulova 23 range

Generic + A-K = 12 models...or are we missing "L"?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 6, 2013 - 8:24am

'23'

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bobbee
Posted May 6, 2013 - 8:26am

Looks exactly like the solid gold "J" to me!
That watch is mint, buddy.

bourg01
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Posted May 6, 2013 - 4:42pm

That's what I 1st thought but solid gold with a stainless caseback, that seem's off to me.

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bobbee
Posted May 6, 2013 - 5:32pm

Yep, but what a great watch, it looks brand Harry Spankers!
Quality with a capital B.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 6, 2013 - 8:04pm

1st paragraph, 1st line of the OP.

This 1955 23 is marked "Bulova 10k Rolled (then two or three characters I can't make out) Plated Bezel Stainless Back New York"

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bobbee
Posted May 7, 2013 - 2:28am

Yes, yes, thanks for that but I did read that before even looking at the watch.
I was just remarking on how much it looks like the "J", but it is good to know that your quotes are improving in accuracy. : )