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Bulova 1956 Bulova 23

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Sweet Bulova 23 Jewel watch with crazy unusual lugs!  It's sporting an obvious 23 Jewel, 10BPAC movement.  The dial on this watch is and immaculate white Sunburst style.  Watch works well.

Oh I also forgot to mention.... the back of this watch opens just like an accutron. It has a retaining ring you have to unscrew and then the plate pops off.  Very much seems like a precurser to the Accutron 214 or 218.

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Posted March 8, 2011 - 11:36pm

Second year of the "Bulova 23"

Nice lugs!

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William Smith
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Posted February 10, 2012 - 4:42am

Bulova 23 released in 1954. Ad above 1955.  Apparently over one hunderd model vairants listed by Bulova over ten plus years.'s picture
Posted March 9, 2011 - 12:51am

The "Sun Ray" with the fancy lugs, is definitely RARER than the standard lugger... or standard, with no rays! Wish I still had my clean black dial, with textured rays!? (Even with the standard lugs, a real "looker!"


Best :-)  Scott

Posted May 2, 2012 - 12:43pm

after reading through many, many threads, I now see the watch that I have!  (I believe the one I have has the original band~spiegel stretch?) 

I have been looking all over the net and it figures that I find it here :)

so, that's the name "Bulova 23"...???

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Posted May 2, 2012 - 2:45pm


"23" is the technical Name but referred to as the 'Bulova 23'

First introduced in 1954 and was the first Bulova Automatic to be manufactured entirely in the U.S.

Posted November 20, 2012 - 1:07am

I listed my watch in the my watch section... Extra fancy lugs and still running. Any idea if value?

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 5:55am

No valuations on site, sorry.

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Posted March 10, 2015 - 4:40pm

Didn't an ad surface suggesting this was the "D", or was that stainless?  I'm looking now, but if someone remembers.......
EDIT:  Looks like the "D" in linked ad has different hour markers than subject watch.

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Posted March 10, 2015 - 7:41pm

perhaps the "H" is appropriate - 1957 ad

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William Smith
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Posted March 10, 2015 - 8:47pm

This gets confusing.  The ad above may be ambiguous. The price lists are not.  I'm saying one is more "correct" than the other, as the price lists are not ambiguous, and are consistent across years.

In ad above, check out the different fonts for the "Wht. or yellow" after the "H".  Check out the fonts for the price at bottom of ad.  Also different fonts than main text of ad.  Looks like they may have been typed in by whomever ran the ad.  ...and I think they got confused when typing...

Price Lists:
The 31315W refers to the White Case , and has the variant letter "F"  in 1955, and the "FW" variant by 1958.  Price for all 31315 is $85.

The lists show a model 31311, in Yellow Case, having the variant "H" in 1955 and the variant "HW" by 1958. Price for all 31311 is $95.

I'm saying, at this time (1956 watch/1957 ad):
The "H" is yellow and costs $95.  
The "F" (variant letter not mentioned in ad) is White and costs $85.  
The ad text description for 31315W is for the white "F".  
The ad price is for the yellow "H".