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Bulova 1959 Princeton

8/10 votes
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22.90mm x 17.60mm



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21J 10BP Heat-Cold Isochronism with 5 adj,  2-Tone Dial with Raised Gold Markers, Gold Hands, L9 on both the Movement and  10K RGP Case,

Thanks Plainsman for the ID!

Takes a GS CMX352 crystal


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1959 Bulova Princeton "AB" 21J 10BP
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Posted November 28, 2010 - 5:12am

Hi there,


That's a fairly scare model, I think? I've only seen two or three of them, to date? Do you perhaps have the crystal specs, in mm?? (L x W) If this model was available for sale prior to December, 1959, then I suspect it's probably listed in the 1960 G-S crystal catalog???


Best :-)  Scott


Posted November 28, 2010 - 5:43pm

Hi Scott,

The crystal is 18mm wide x 23mm long and it is a "Thick" style Glass crystal with a curvature on the Long side. Hope this will help you Identify the Model.

Let me know if you have a Glass Replacement for it, it needs a new one!.



Posted November 28, 2010 - 6:46pm

Here's a shot of the crystal profile, it's original as far as I know. 

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Posted November 28, 2010 - 7:15pm

looks acrylic?

Posted November 29, 2010 - 12:08am

The crystal on mine is glass, did the tap test and it rings sweet.

Posted November 29, 2010 - 12:07am

Same case,  Same Crystal profile, although the edges on mine seem more square, no edge bevel. Similar Dial style, is it White Gold plate or Reflection? 

Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:32am

Yes the dial is acrylic. It's a 1957 and 10K rolled gold plate (white).  The lugs on mine do look like they have chamfered edges whereas your model is more squared.  The dial has identical indices but different finish. I had no idea this might be a rare model. It's been sitting in my overhaul box for over a year.

Posted January 1, 2011 - 2:53pm

Exact Crystal Measurments are 17.60mm x 22.98mm, curved to fit the bezel on both dimensions.

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 2, 2011 - 12:28am

Found a 1959 ad with the watch on the left.  Can't really read what model it says.... can anyone else?

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Stephen Ollman
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Posted January 2, 2011 - 12:55am

Sweet Plains, thats the watch. Good pickup!

Is it No.8? 

1959 Bulova