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Bulova 1958 Bulova 23 "D"

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I need help identifying this watch and its potential value. I can't even find a picture of it online or a reference to the serial number. Can anyone help? It's 14KT gold as well and works fine. ~Patrick

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1958 Bulova watch 1958
1958 Bulova watch 1958
Patrick A. Jones
Posted March 19, 2018 - 10:19am

I had to shrink the pix down a lot just to get them to upload. I can send more pix to anyone who wants more. It is for sale I guess. It's all yellow gold 14 KT, the band has gemco written on it. I can't find any reference to the serial number starting with a 'C'. I don't know what the movement is because I can't open the back, I don't the right tools. Shud I just have it serviced and keep it or does this have some real value?

~Patrick, Fruita, Colorado

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Posted March 19, 2018 - 8:30pm

Patrick can you please add a photo here in the comments of the whole watch case, as the Bulova '23' model family have a wide range of case/lug designs that will help ID your watch correctly.

Unfortunelty we do not provide evaluations on watches.

Patrick A. Jones
Posted March 19, 2018 - 9:12pm

Can't figure out how to paste a pix here. I have no idea what ctrl/cmd+V means in order to paste a pix. 

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Posted March 20, 2018 - 2:59am

I did not find a relevant advert, but I found a watch with a similar design from 1966, but all versions of Commaner are known with 30-stone jewels


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Posted March 20, 2018 - 6:24am

Will need to see a bit more of the case, but I think we may have a Bulova 23 'D'.

The pricelists only show model# 31306 with the 'DW' variant; there is no 'D' listed at the $150 price, though we do not have lists from 1959 or 60 where this D may have been listed. Many other 23 series watches switched to a two letter variant adding the W around the end of the 1950s. If the subject watch case is a match to the ads, then I would go with Bulova 23 'D' to match the earlier 1959 ad.

Also, there is a $71.50 variant 'D' listed, as seen here. And, the 'DW' was listed at two different prices, $59.50 (1961 and 1964) and $150.

Patrick A. Jones
Posted March 20, 2018 - 6:27am

It does look just like the 1959 model in the picture but the date code is clear on the back as an L8 but yeah that sure looks like it. $150 back then was a bunch of money, I wonder what this is worth. Any idea on the serial number? I cant find anything to do with one starting with 'C'.

Thanks, Patrick

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Posted March 20, 2018 - 6:32am

I agree, that was a good bit of money back then. I don't think we have any data indicating relevance of the various serial numbers from this time period. Glad to hear the case matches the ads.


Patrick A. Jones
Posted March 20, 2018 - 6:32am

.....and also the engraving on the back says october 10, 1958

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Posted March 20, 2018 - 7:42am

Looks like you got it Ken. I'm good with 1958 Bulova 23 "D". Original submitted Photos appear to show enough of the distinctive lug to case transition + being solid gold doesn't leave many choices.

Patrick A. Jones
Posted March 20, 2018 - 8:13am

any idea of a value? A few hundred? It works fine. Or shud I just have it serviced and cleaned up?

Thanks for the comments