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Bulova 1959 Bulova 23 "Mystery Dial"

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Mystery Dial

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I picked this up a couple of months ago I believe it's a 23 jewel mystery dial. It has L9 on the movement and adjusted to six positions on rotor weight. The case is stamped Bulova and says shock resistant 110 anti magnetic 10.K.T.R.G.P it looks in great condition and runs well. Just some plate loss on snap back plate at edge.

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1959 Bulova 23 Mystery Dial watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
Panel Member
Posted August 18, 2016 - 3:43am

your watch is Bulova 23 "Mystery Dial" like another example in database

matching advert

rockin ray
Posted August 18, 2016 - 4:24am

Hi Jabs thanks for the update but find it hard to believe from advert it's waterproof with just a snap back . Thanks Ray

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 18, 2016 - 6:08am

Nice watch Ray. If you can believe it, advertising in the 50's and 60's wasn't as 'truthful' as it has to be today. Late in the 1960's watch companies were required to use the term 'water resistant' instead of 'waterproof'. A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn't have a screw down crown, it really shouldn't go underwater. 

Bulova 23 "Mystery Dial"

rockin ray
Posted August 18, 2016 - 6:54am

Hi Geoff, thanks for the feedback. My problem with my watches is that I teach rock n roll dance classes so I need to be careful which watch I put on if it ain't got a screwdown back with gasket when my body temperature rises I get condensation under the lens which we all no ain't good having moisture in a watch. That's why I was curious about this model because there is no gasket on back like other 23 models. Thanks again Ray

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Posted August 18, 2016 - 7:12am

Bulova 23 "Mystery Dial"

Posted August 18, 2016 - 1:15pm

23 Mystery Dial