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Bulova 1957 La Petite "M"

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Was a Christmas gift from my Granfather to my Grandmother in 1965. It is petite, just like she was!

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1957 Bulova La Petite
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
Posted June 28, 2016 - 3:32pm

Ooops - from my Grandfather to my GrandMOTHER!

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Posted June 28, 2016 - 10:07pm

Your Grandmother received a very nice watch in 1965; I'm guessing it was pre-owned being a 1957 model. You will be happy to know that the model name goes along with your 'petite' description. Your watch looks to be the La Petite variant 'M', as seen in this 1960 ad:

It looks like it holds 12 diamonds; three on each side of the bezel and three top and bottom. The case is solid 14K gold, and it uses the top of the line 23 jewel movement. Very nice high-end watch, thanks for sharing.

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 29, 2016 - 5:35am

Hello mehsjh, welcome to myBulova. I think you are most fortunate to have this wonderful keepsake from your grandmother. I imagine a watch as special as this one had to wait in the jewelry store for a couple years until the right man came in to buy it for the woman he loved. It really is a beautiful little watch. Please be sure to have it serviced if you plan to wear it. 

1957 Bulova La Petitie M

Posted June 29, 2016 - 8:02am

Thank you for your assitance in identifying this watch. It truly IS a wonderful keepsake. Next step is to have it valued for insurance purposes. Again, your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 30, 2016 - 5:18am

I suggest having it appraised by a jeweler. We are not able to perform appraisals as there are so many variables.

Posted July 3, 2016 - 10:59am

thanks, Geoff! Was planning to do that but am unsure if I should just go to a regular jeweler or someone who works with estate jewelry????

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Reverend Rob
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Posted June 29, 2016 - 9:49am

Agreed. 1957 La Petite 'M'. 

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Posted June 29, 2016 - 8:29pm

I agree