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Bulova 1955 Lexington

11/10 votes
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18.85mm wide x 24.42 long



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Dial needs a total refinish.It has bilstered off in several areas. Case back is signed inside and out and the movement is signed as well. All hands and numbers are raised and gilt and the signature and minute markers are black. The watch runs well and keeps good time. I saw one like this on ebay go for a considerable amount today and was suprised at the figure. I would like to get it redialed and hang on to it as it was given to me by the son of a master watch maker who was a Bulova nut and it has pushed me to get into the collecting of them. 

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Posted February 3, 2012 - 9:19am

JP - Your photos are clear and complete, so that's really good.

However, a watch that has no documented support for the assigned ID will not get three stars--at least not from me.  So, if you found an advert that shows this model as the Senator, please post it. 

The additional information is not only for the benefit of panel members, who need to vote on your watch, but also for guests and new members who are trying to learn about the watches.  They need to be able to read the threads and determine whether they think there is a sound basis for the model identification based on the evidence provided.

If you need help creating ad excerpts and inserting them in threads, please let me know, and I'll PM you a set of instructions.

Posted February 15, 2012 - 5:02pm


Your watch could be a President model , or possibably an Ambassador since the new 1952 ad showing them with 21 jewels has been uncovered. I have one very similar to yours that I ID'd as a President... using crystal spec's & footprints from known examples.

The Senators have all had 15-17 jewels as far as I can remember.


Posted April 11, 2012 - 1:42am

Thanks for the heads up Greg. I have changed it to a president.


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William Smith
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Posted December 31, 2012 - 12:03am

Don't we have an ad or something besides crystal specs for this one?

Posted December 31, 2012 - 12:57am

I found the ad for this watch. It is in the vintage 1955 ads page 27 image #10 courtesy of Jerry Falcon. It is a Senator Delux. I would guess the movement is a swap or else they were making 21 jewel movements for the Senator Delux. The ad lists it as a 17 jewel. If we have no proof of the intentional addition of 21 jewels for the 1955 Senator Delux then it should be re-listed as either a non conforming or a two tick watch with no documentation for the jewel count.IMO

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Posted December 31, 2012 - 2:11am

John, is the case back SS or RGP? Also, are both the movement and case dated L5? Thanks.

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Posted December 31, 2012 - 3:07am
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William Smith
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Posted December 31, 2012 - 6:04am

Record up for review as per 1958 Lexington "B" ad.


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Posted December 31, 2012 - 6:22am

Agreed, Lexington "B".

Geoff Baker
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Posted December 31, 2012 - 7:10am

Lexington B