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Bulova 1959 Bulova 23

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This well worn, self winder was gifted to me after my only, and very loved, Grandfather passed in 1981.  He bought it new and wore it, a lot. I'm not looking for an appraisal, but advise would be appreciated.  I 'm ok with the $400 recondition described on the site - I want to wear it, but again advise from your knowledgable members before I "do" anything would be great. Thanks, Rob

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heyuguys 1959 Bulova 23 10 04 2014
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted July 9, 2014 - 6:10am

Hi heyuguys - welcome to myBulova. I think it's wonderful that you've inherited your grandfathers watch. I'm a big fan of family heirlooms. I am wondering how you dated it. I can't really see the date code or anything else other than the serial number on the case back. I'm having a bit of a challenge finding a match to any of the ads we have on-site and wonder about the year of manufacture and case markings.

I doubt that restoration would be $400, there are a couple 'expert' members that might be able to give you a better idea on that.


Posted July 9, 2014 - 9:13pm

Thanks for your comment Geoff. I thought the site dated it actually. I did have some trouble posting the first time- it posted twice.  I got an idea of the age from another watch on the site- which I can't seem to find now. It was dated 1959, 23 Jewels, 10BPAC, scalloped bezel, black, phonograph textured dial, and it had a Kreisler band- can't seem to find it now. Anyway, When I posted my watch I put in 1959, and I put the case s/n in, then I saw it said 1958- so I thought, wow, what a smart site!  Now I think I must have fat fingered it and hope I'm not coming off as a dope.  Rob

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted July 10, 2014 - 5:28am

Hi Rob - good news - we have an issue right now with the records back dating a year in other's not you.  My concern is that the back is so worn that the code is no longer visible. Did you take the back off to get the movement model, did you se a date code on it?

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Posted July 12, 2014 - 8:50am

Keep it somewhere cool, then breathe on the back. It should bring up the old worn-down stamp marks.

Bulova "23"