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Bulova 1956 Albatross

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Manufacture Year: 

1956

Movement Model: 

10CSC

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

66489

Case shape: 

Square

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

23mm x 23mm curved both ways top and bottom

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Been hoping for one of these since I first saw the other one in the datavase. Iformation is based on the other one in regards to year of manufacture and movement type because this one seems to be unmoleasted and the seal between the crystal and the back is in tact and I didn't want to damage it without a replacement. (Replacement would be nice if anyone can help me with it)

1956 Albatross

I was able to clean the external parts but didn't want to disturb the crystal and movement seal. It is running so far and keeping good time for now but will need a service one I can find a crystal and gasket. The locks that hold the back and movent in place are just the coolest thing in the world. The hands don't exactly match the ad as the other one in the database don't either, but both this one and that one also have different hands so maybe there is another year of production ???

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brandall54
Posted September 7, 2019 - 3:15pm

Perhaps someone can get the date from the case number but I won't be opening it until I can find a crystal and gasket

Geoff Baker
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Posted September 7, 2019 - 10:16pm

I'm not sure this is a Bulova case, I would want to see the marking inside before I commit but I think this is an aftermarket case, which would classify this one as Non-Conforming

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Reverend Rob
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Posted September 8, 2019 - 12:00am

I have one similar to this, a lot of companies were trying the same thing, so there are versions by other manufacturers. 

This looks like a dead match for the other one in the db, so I'm going to say 1956 Albatross.

A lot of these specialty cases don't follow Bulova norms. Do let us know when you have a look inside and some pics, if possible.

 

 

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brandall54
Posted September 8, 2019 - 2:51pm

I hate to take it apart without at least a replacement gasket. I'll keep looking for one and update as soon as possible but I have al the confidence that it is a Bulova case, even the serial numbers on the back of both are close enough together to make be believe it is a real Bulova. Only 857 numbers between the 2

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brandall54
Posted September 8, 2019 - 3:37pm

OK, I took a chance and was able to get the crystal and gasket off in 1 piece, but without knowing how to flip the movement over and get the stem screw out all I could do is get a partial photo of the inside of the back. It IS absolutely a Bulova case with an L6 date code.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted September 8, 2019 - 10:09pm

Having reviewed the other Albatross model in the dB I agree with RevRob

1956 Bulova Albatross

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted September 9, 2019 - 5:50am

Agree, when compared to the example in the database it's a match.

1956 Bulova Albatross

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Andersok
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Posted September 9, 2019 - 7:16am

Agree with Albatross

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted September 9, 2019 - 10:11am

1956 Bulova Albatross 

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted September 10, 2019 - 9:41pm

Agreed,

1956 Bulova Albatross