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Bulova 1956 -Non-Conforming

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Hi, I just acquired this lovely black dial 1956 Bulova, I believe it is a President and because of the black dial a "D" version, otherwise I would have said a "A", anybody has any comments ?

Unfortunately the back case has no reference, outside or inside, it must have been replaced over the years, too bad. Caliber is a good looking and perfectly working 11AC (marked L6).

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1956 Bulova Non Conforming watch
1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted August 30, 2018 - 6:32am

It certainly appears to be a President, however a lack of case markings may make it problematic for assigning it a name as such. Can you provide photos of the outside and inside of the case back? That would help alot.

Panel; correct me if I'm wrong but I am pretty sure all similar examples in the database of this time frame with lugs matching subject watch are front loading cases and in the generic section without a variant letter assigned.

 Although it's a beautiful watch, If the case is replaced  it falls into the category of "non-conforming", meaning not all Bulova parts.

Posted August 30, 2018 - 6:53am

Thanks for the reply and for confirming the "president" info...  unfortunately the case back appears to be perfectly fitting of course bu perhaps non original as it' s got no markings inside and outside. It does have however the necessary internal removable ring, I do have the photos  you requested below.

thanks and regards



neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted August 30, 2018 - 7:17am

Thanks for the photos, that is a big help. Screw back configuration and no Bulova signature or serial number is a good indication it's a replacement case. Presidents in this era didn't have a screw back case. They were front loaders or snap backs. Even if the movement and face/hands are indeed original 1956 President and watch presents as such on the wrist; the re-case makes a large portion of the watch not Bulova original equipment.

Wear it an enjoy it, it's a beauty.  Sorry, but unfortunately it's my opinion  that technically it's a

1956 Bulova nonconforming - noting likely "President origins" and appearance

Posted August 30, 2018 - 10:21am

Thanks for the precious info.. .. it will go out soon for sale or will use it for trade-in with others.... :-)... too bad because I love the dial but I got 2 other Presidents, Gold filled.. this is nice because Stainless Steel... but it has to go... thanks again.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 30, 2018 - 10:43am

Crisp looking movt, but as stated, a Non-Conforming due to case replacement. 

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Posted August 30, 2018 - 3:49pm

Yup... non-conforming but a nice looking movement and dial for sure.