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Bulova 1955 Lexington "B"

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24.5mm x 19.0mm GS CMX385-10



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1955 Bulova President (Unsure if it a A,B,C,D,E,or F model, thay all take the same crystal!) 21J 10BM movement date stamped L4, X style 2-tone dial with Gold raised markers and Gold hands, that is in serious need of a redial, Nice 10K RGP bezel and stainless back stamped L5, Black Croc grain leather strap, Currently running but needs a good bath and lube.

Will update when it is fully restored.

*Update 5/9/12

Finally ID'd as a Lexington "B" from a great ad find by Mr Smith from the Aloha state...Thanks Will!

Now we know what happened to all of those leftover President cases Bulova had when the went to a round 17J!


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Posted January 19, 2012 - 1:59am


I was looking thorugh some of the other President models on here and I believe the closest model of President it comes to is the President "B" which has these kinds of curves to the watch case designs. and interestingly enough what some of those jerks were saying about my watch being a "fake" which I know it isn't just because it didn't match up with anything that was in the database on here was a bunch of bullcrap and also saying that my watch couldn't of been a President from 1956/7 because none of the Presidents were Rectangular shaped at that time were blowing a lot of hot air because if they would of taken a look at the President "B" Line of watches they would of noticed that the Presidents from that line were still Rectangular shaped well into the 1960s yet with the latest confirmed date of a Rectangular shaped President "B" being from 1961 which gives plenty of merit to my watch possibly being a 1957 President "B" (and seeing as we don't have any 1950s President "B" watches in the database at all we can't know for sure if this is what a 1950s President "B" looked like or not and seeing as none of the ads for the President line of watches from 1950-1960 show the "B" Variation (or any of the other variations of the President at that) we can't know for sure what the Late 1950s President "B" watches looked like or the other variations of the President line during that time since all of the ads only show the original President which is basically the same case design from 1948-1956 which doesn't tell you anything about the variants of the President series, like what bourg01 and plainsmen wanted me to think (and wants everyone else to think as well.)

Posted January 19, 2012 - 9:13am


It could be anything at this point, ID'ing these old watches is a crap shoot, and until an ad comes along for hard proof, it just speculation.

I ID'd this watch as a Generic President because of the crystal spec's, the 21J movement, and the X dial which was used with the early 50's President's, but I could be way off base, It wouldn't be the first time and won't be the last in trying to name one of these. The letter designation sometimes means different dial, different case material (Solid, White or Rose Gold), or sold with a strap/bracelet.

You have 2 choices on how to enter your watch, as a generic President, or as a Unknown, and then you can begin the search for proof to what model your watch is, (the fun part), start hitting up your local library, antique shops, used book stores, yard & auction sales looking for a magazine with an ad for your watches. You can even check out your local Bulova dealer for info. There is nothing more satisfying than finding a ad that is not in the database, but remember, ID'ing one of these does not happen overnight.

Plainsman, bourg01, and the others here have been at this for along time, they are here to help, so treat them with respect, and consider their opinions, you can gain a lot of good info from them.


Posted May 8, 2012 - 3:16pm


If you look at the year 1955 page 3 at watch #10 I think  you will find your watch but with the 17 jewel movement and called a Senator Delux.


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Posted May 8, 2012 - 3:55pm

2nd that.

Good catch John.

Posted May 8, 2012 - 4:07pm

Thanks Mark. I am still learning but it is getting to be more fun as I learn.

I will be posting my beloved American Clipper C with the reworked case and a brand new crystal later today if I am lucky. I am having trouble finding the correct hands for it but will come up with them soon I hope. If not it will be posted with out the hands for now so you can see my handy work on the case.


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Posted May 8, 2012 - 4:11pm

1955 Senator Deluxe ad mentioned above:

It uses bandwidth and space, but is easier to follow discussions w/ ad in thread.

Posted May 8, 2012 - 10:18pm

Kinda like it, but very different, the case on the Senator is more square & starts to bow out right after the lugs, and of course the dial is numbered different, 2,4,8, 10, 12 verses 3,9, & 12.

Posted May 8, 2012 - 10:36pm

The Senator Deluxe is quite different from OT's watch.  Here they are side by side.



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Posted May 9, 2012 - 12:47am

Lisa is correct, two different watches.

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Posted May 9, 2012 - 7:55am

Thanks to a new advert from Will Smith.... the 'Lexington "B" is going to be my call.