Bulova 1965 Diamond Romance

Submitted by earlsmouton on February 10, 2013 - 8:58pm
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It has an arrow shape but with no shaft. It has, starting on the bottom right on the movement, the arrow "head", above that M5, Bulova, 23 Jewels, 5AR, U.S.A. On the inside of the back case it has the either an "L" or the arrow head. Then 9/801 with an "S"/"J". Might read like this "L9/801SJ".  The ouside of the back case has 14K, Bulova at he top & 607410 at the bottom. The face has "Bulova" & "23". There are 12 diamonds, 7 above/5 below the clock face. The front looks pear shaped while the back is marquise shaped. White gold. The stem has a captial "B". The band has 10 K G. F. "69", Stainless Mesh & C. Ring, Speidel U.S.A.

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Geoff Baker
Posted February 11, 2013 - 5:46am

Nice little watch earlsmouton, thanks for sharing it. Unknown ID for now, there are many that are close, La Petite, First Lady and Leading Lady, but I don't see anything that matches this beauty.

Posted February 11, 2013 - 5:56am

Diamon Romance "N"

Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:50am

Diamond Romance N it is. Nice find Admin.

William Smith
Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:09am

Good ad match!  That was quick.  I think that even says 12 diamonds. Admin- what year is that ad?

Diamond Romance N works for me! 

Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:39am

Cool watch, cool ad.    : )

Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:06pm

That is an exact match! Awesome. It had belonged to my great grandmother until she passed away. I recieved, what I thought, was a plastic bag of costume jewelry. I just recently started going through it when I found this watch mixed in with everything. I told my dad & he said for me to keep it with me. Thank y'all for the help in identifying the watch!

If I come across, or hear of any more watches showing up, I'll post them here! There was about 5 - 7 FULL bags of jewelry that was split among the family. Mostly consisting of the cheap costume stuff, but still neat never the less. I'm sure that there has to be other little finds mixed in some place.

William Smith
Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:15pm

Great family heirloom.  Your great grandmother's watch sure wasn't coutume jewelry :)

Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:20pm

Don't forget, Art Deco costume jewellery fetches a very hefty price today!

Posted February 11, 2013 - 2:06pm

Is there any significance to the numbers engraved in the last photo?

William Smith
Posted February 11, 2013 - 2:21pm

In reply to by earlsmouton

None that I can translate.  These are watchmakers marks, indicating info on previous service. Their is no standardization to these markings, so it's almost cryptic code.  Other watchmakers may be able to decipher the general meaning- like maybe it means the watch was serviced in 1978 and had a new mainspring installed- just an example.  I think each watchmaker used their own markings- perhaps learned in their training, so those trained in the same school (or same school of thought) use similar codes?  
For this watch-at least it indicates that a jeweler or watchmaker had done something to it since it was first sold.  Frequent service translates to "good care" and longer life....which is a good thing, even if we don't know what that "care" was.