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Bulova 1959 Rhapsody "GG"

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67

Variant: 

GG

Manufacture Year: 

1959

Movement Model: 

5AD

Movement Jewels: 

23

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

L16338

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Round 11.77mm faceted edge

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Case back:BULOVA,L9,10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE and serial #

Inside case back:BULOVA FIFTH AVE NEW YORK

5AD 23 jewel 6 adj movement is also dated L9

Dial is marked BULOVA 23 and has applied gold numbers and slashes.Gold baton style hands

Crown is signed BULOVA

Original bracelet is marked:1/20 12K G.F.  WEST GERMANY  9

I believe this is the Rhapsody"GG"(it was also available in white gold so I might be wrong ).I have been looking for this one for over two years and it was worth the wait.This example is in fantastic shape,pristine case,bracelet and dial.Sweet looking watch

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Geoff Baker
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Posted May 5, 2015 - 6:23am

Here's the 1959 Advert,

Rhapsody

jabs
Panel Member
Posted May 5, 2015 - 7:06am

Rhapsody, good find ad

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Andersok
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Posted May 5, 2015 - 8:00am

I'm good with the "GG" variant as outlined below: 

The "GG" ad also states a white gold version, but not sure if that version was at the $75 price or another price, since there are no other variants at $75 outside of the three already identified, or perhaps the white gold version was dropped in '61.

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Andersok
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Posted May 9, 2015 - 12:53pm

Just noticed a 1959 advert calling this the Rhapsody "D":

Also notice that the pricelist from 1961 shows the GG replacing an old model number 5361, which does not show up in the 1958 pricelist, which is the next oldest one that we have. May be possible that the "GG" did not exist prior to 1961 and this model should be the "D"?

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William Smith
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Posted May 9, 2015 - 2:19pm

Good sluthing.....I'm at two ticks tentative for GG.  Fantastic watch regardless.

denupnorth
Posted May 9, 2015 - 6:08pm

Hmmm,another Bulo-mystery.