Bulova Date Codes

The following tables will help you date your vintage Bulova watch. Watches dated post 1949 have a 2 alpha-numeric date code on the outside backcase, whilst watches dated before 1950 usually contain a date code symbol on the inside movement (see below for examples).

1924 - 1949

Bulova Movement Date Codes 1924 - 1949

Post 1949

Bulova watch case markings ( N5 = 1975 )
  L M N P T A B
0 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
1 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
2 1952 1962 1972 1982 1992 2002 2012
3 1953 1963 1973 1983 1993 2003 2013
4 1954 1964 1974 1984 1994 2004 2014
5 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2015
6 1956 1966 1976 1986 1996 2006 2016
7 1957 1967 1977 1987 1997 2007 2017
8 1958 1968 1978 1988 1998 2008 2018
9 1959 1969 1979 1989 1999 2009 2019

 

Pre 1950 movement date codes

Swiss made Bulova 10AN movement showing Omega symbol indicating 1930USA made Bulova 10AN movement showing Circle symbol indicating 1934
Swiss made Bulova 10P movement showing Circle symbol indicating 1925Swiss made Bulova 10AN movement showing Triangle symbol indicating 1926