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Bulova 1955 Marquise

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10.5mm Diameter



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My grandmother was given this watch before 1950.  At least that's what my father thinks.  I don't know the exact date.  When the jeweler opened it, he said he didn't see a symbol on the movement - nothing other than 17 jewels. He did admit that he was not a watch person and I'm afraid he didn't know what to look for. On the back of the case the references were an R or D 44529; H 3900; L 316.5.  Unfortunately, I didn't know it needed to be oiled before I wound it to see if it works.  It does work, but I will not wind it again.  It is 14k, including band, and has 42 diamonds.  Besides what the watch is worth in gold weight and diamonds, I have no clue.  Thank you for letting me join your forum.  My email address is  I have paid my donation to have the watch listed for sale.  I look forward to hearing from you all.

I purchased this watch from Susan to save it from the low lifes that would scrap it for the gold and diamonds. It is truly gorgeous and Lorraine's going to love it. I have updated the information that was prviously unkown, movement model, date of manufacture and updated the pictures. Enjoy.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 3:16pm

That would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 7:01pm

There's no reason not to believe the piece is as presented, from the late 1940's as the Family history suggests.

The Case Seriel number indicates a manufacture Date of 1946 - the Candlestick markers of the Dial are found in that era on the Gent's  'COMMANDER', 'SQUADRON' and 'PRESIDENT' models, amongst others.


1946 'UNKNOWN'

Posted April 18, 2013 - 6:18am

So the 1958 movement with exact same dial as I have posted does not suggest to you that this is from the same era, especially as both watches are exquisite white gold and diamond pieces?  If the subject watch is from the 1940's i'll be very suprised

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Posted April 18, 2013 - 8:09am

This was the watch I was referring to previously.1959 Bulova 59 Diamond watch


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Posted April 18, 2013 - 12:22pm

Nothing showing on the Caseback to indicate the subject Watch is from the 1950's.

The Owner states the Watch was presented before 1950 - if so, the Case seriel number indicates 1946.

1950's would show an 'L' datecode.

A looksie at the Movement would be stellar..... 'til then, go with what Ya know.

Posted April 18, 2013 - 12:34pm

I agree re getting a look at the movement. However I have had many ladies Bulova without a date stamp on the back from mid 50's through to 70's. In fact I have two with me right now in my hand......I have not seen a tiny round movement pre 1950's either and  if the back shape is anything to go by, along with the dial, i'd say it will be the 6c. Purely conjecture on my part of course

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Posted April 18, 2013 - 3:51pm

I concour, most solids do not have a stamp on the caseback or inner caseback, it's only on the movement. Just listed a 79  with the date on the casenack and nothing on the movement so Bulova does not seem yo have a standard dating practice that we can be certain of on the solid old models.

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Posted April 18, 2013 - 3:40pm

Solid gold case, serial numbers are questionable for dating on these.

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Posted April 20, 2013 - 6:51pm

Unknown from me for now.  Both model ID and date.  Nice watch though.  

Posted April 20, 2013 - 8:14pm

I certainly appreciate all of you helping me.