My father bought this watch in Toronto Ontario 1960. He passed away over 20 years ago & I inherited the watch. When I got it the crystal was cracked so my jeweller replaced same, cleaned it up & it still runs perfectly. I only realised, by accident, just recently, the interest in older Bulova watches, had no idea of the history. I found the watch in one of this websites old adverts, it's 1960 ad #20 of 36 very bottom extreme right corner. It's shown as The Beau Brummel CCCW $215.00. The picture shows the watch with a alligator strap, I can't remember it when my Dad had it. When I got it the 14K band was in disrepair so my jeweller found me an Italian 14K bracelet for it, it is very very similar to the original. I had him take the clasp off of the old bracelet & attach to the new one as my father had his initials mnk inscribed on it. They happen to be my initials also. Upon further inspection of this clasp I have found a hallmark B inside of an eggshaped, open at the bottom, mark. So, now I am wondering if this clasp & broken up bracelet which I still have is Bulova original. That's all for now, look forward to any help or opinions.
I'm good with Beau Brummel
All I know is that your father had good taste.
excerpt from aforementioned ad.
although I personally am unable to confirm the CCCW variant due to the Dial and Case color differences, a great Watch!
1960 'BEAU BRUMMEL'
The case colour in the ad might be white gold as this was an option. What is it about the dial you don't agree with?
Yes, the Case Color is typically variant specific.
The Dial Color in the ad appears Grey, possibly Silver. Your Watch is trimmed Gold?
Yes mine is trimmed gold I think because it is yellow gold. The one in the ad is white gold hence the matching trim?????
This is a magnificent watch. I think these family pieces are priceless treasures. You are incredibly fortunate Michael to have a solid gold watch that your father wore. I hope you have it professionally service before you wear it proudly (but PLEASE have it serviced!)
I agree on the Beau Brummel ID. The "CCCW" after the name is a bit unusual for Bulova, normally they gave variant designations "quotes" - like the watch to the left in the ad (Bulova "30" "BW"). I'm not 100 % sure what that CCCW designates.
Thanks for your comments
The watch was serviced when I first received it (20 odd years ago). I don't wear it often but when I do it runs perfectly. I will be looking for a Bulova wise jeweler to reservice it & then I will get some pictures of the movement etc. Unfortunately my original jeweler is no longer available
Michael - I've sent you a private message. You'll find a link in the upper right hand corner of your home page to read it.