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Bulova 1959 Beau Brummel

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This is my late father's Bulova. The back indicates it was made in 1959 (L9), it has 30 jewels, 14k yellow gold, and 20 diamonds in 12 positions on the face. It looks similar to a 1960 Beau Brummel, but I have never seen anything exactly like it online. Can you help me identify?

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Andersok's picture
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Posted April 12, 2016 - 12:54pm

I would say that it comes from the Beau Brummell line as well. I found one ad showing a similar dial, from 1960; however the position of the single diamonds on your watch are turned in comparison to the ad's more horizontal/vertical positions. The lugs in the ad are different as well; and there is something about the lugs on your watch that look just a bit un-natural to me - do they appear to have been bent in any way. Another thing I notice is that it seems odd to have luminous hands with this non-luminous dial, not sure if they would be original. Are you able to obtain a datecode from the movement?

Posted April 12, 2016 - 2:24pm

I would tend to agree with Andersok that it is probably from the BB line with variations. Very beautiful watch.

Geoff Baker
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Posted April 13, 2016 - 5:50am

Hello Steve, welcome to myBulova. I think you are most fortunate to have your fathers watch. I'm a big fan of heirloom watches. I have several from own father (but my brother got the one I really wanted).

I would say your watch is the Beau Brummel model pictured in the advert linked above. To Ken's point the lugs don't appear exactly the same but I really think it's the same model shown. Beau Brummel was generally the top of the Bulova line, it always contained the best movement available and was usually adorned with a wonderful diamond dial.

As in the case of all old watches, service it regularly if you plan to wear it.

1959 Beau Brummel.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted April 13, 2016 - 10:12am

1959 BB for me as well.

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Posted April 16, 2016 - 4:47am

1959 Beau Brummel for me

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William Smith
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Posted April 25, 2016 - 2:36am

Nice solid gold 1959 Beau Brummel with slightly asymmetrical lugs.  They look like they came that way to me.  The bottom lug seems a bit wider than the top.  I like it!  Great family heirloom.