Bulova 1963 Senator

Submitted by bbrinkley007 on September 7, 2012 - 11:22am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
11 AF
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Crystal Details
22mm x 22mm, plastic
Additional Information

I purchased this watch from a watch repairman's shop I somehow managed to walk into (I think it was the site of him working on a tiny little lathe as I glanced in the window that made me want to see what he was doing) in Pittsburg, PA back in the late 80's for $25 I believe. It ran then, and even though it spends most of it's life in a box, every time I wind it up, it runs and keeps time just fine. I ran across it in my safe the other day, and would like to know as much as I can about it. I have searched the web and have not seen another model exactly like this one. If I had to guess, I would say it most closely resembles an Academy Award model, but not exactly. Please feel free to correct me on any statements I have or may make where this watch is concerned as I know nothing about it, except that it really caught my eye and has now caught my 12 year old son's eye as well. I would consider a new old stock dial if anyone here has one, and a glass crystal as well (if that was ever an option). 

I would have thought it an older style than 1963, but according to the back that is on it, the M3 designates 1963.


updated case dimensions: 35.6mm lug to lug x 28.6mm without crown. (28.6mm without lugs)

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Posted September 7, 2012 - 11:39am

Both the date on the caseback and the movement are correct for 1963. Definately not an Academy Award model as these were only produced from approx.1949-1953/54 and only marketed as Academy Award models till 1952. I couldn't find any crystal details to even make a guess but it seems the resemblesome of the Engineer models i've come across.

This watch is very unique, 1st one I've ever seen! I'd love to see it with the dial restored and the case polished up

Posted September 7, 2012 - 11:59am

New one! Great watch, agree with above on everything.


Posted September 7, 2012 - 12:50pm


(notice. I am new to vintage watch culture, so if my referencing another site is bad etiquette, please forgive me. I am merely trying to find answers to questions and increase knowledge!)

I found the first image of another watch like this just this morning. It is on the site, watchophilia.com. I feel comfortable using some more detailed information from the listing there to help fill in some blanks in my description of my watch.

Case Dimensions:  35.6mm lug to lug x 28.6mm without crown (28.6mm without lugs) 

Case Type: Snap Back, Cushion

Crystal Specifications: 22mm x 22mm, cushion

The watch I am gleaning this information is exactly the same case, but with a black face. It is merely titled, "1963 Unknown"  (I am pretty sure that means that person also doesn't know the model name either, as Bulova most likely hasn't named such a handsome watch model, "The Unknown" as it is highly unlikely such a clever name would have superceded the arrival of Monty Python in 1969). 

And now for something completely different...

Posted September 7, 2012 - 2:48pm

In reply to by bbrinkley007

"Unknown" refers to the fact an ID is yet to be found, so the watch remains "Unknown" until an ID is found.

Posted September 7, 2012 - 1:06pm

The Knight was already taken...


William Smith
Posted September 7, 2012 - 3:03pm

Unknown from me.  Thanks for entering it into the database.

Posted September 8, 2012 - 4:07am

I hope your 12 year old son can inherit this one day. Its a great watch and would look great if you were able to get the dial restored.

Unknown for me, for now.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 8, 2012 - 5:26am

My vote is also Unknown

Posted September 8, 2012 - 10:28am

bbrinkley007, I would recommend getting your watch cleaned and oiled if it's been more than 5 years or not known when.  Costly damage can and will eventually occur.

Great watch but Unknown.