Bulova 1955 Lady Bulova "A"

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
A
Manufacture Year: 
1955
Movement Model: 
6BPA
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
L4
Case Serial No.: 
R303616
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Crazed
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

According to 1954 ad #22 on site, this is a 1955 Lady Bulova automatic - "Bulova's newest creation" and has "self winding" on the face.

As far as I can tell, this is the first upload to the database of a watch sporting this movement; which apparently was only produced in 1954. Purchased out of a flea market debris box. When I picked it up, it immediately started running and quite to my surprise, keeps time.

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1955 Bulova Lady Bulova A watch
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mybulova_admin
Posted November 18, 2017 - 10:04pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Wow, such an incredibly small auto movement. Agree with it being a 'Lady Bulova'.

 

neetstuf-4-u
Posted November 18, 2017 - 11:26pm

Agreed, I was amazed when I opened this one up and saw the tiny auto wind mechanism. Do the sales or movement records state when the first self winding movement for the small size ladies watch was introduced? I would be interested to know if this was the first. The referenced ad would seem to indicate this is the case; Thanks for adding the link.

I also found it interesting that while researching this one, I could only find loose 6BPA movements elsewhere on the internet for sale - No complete self winding watches. Every loose 6BPA movement was a L4 (1954). That would seem to indicate most of these movements went into solid gold cases that were scrapped out, and the movement was only produced for one year? Panel thoughts on this?

Geoff Baker
Posted November 19, 2017 - 6:40am

Club 5000Panel Member

That is a remarkable little movement. Unfortunately we have no records indicating production of any Bulova product, I sure wish we did though. Anyones guess on how many were made or even when.

Agree with Lady Bulova ID

Andersok
Posted November 19, 2017 - 12:25pm

Panel Member

Lady Bulova is a good match. Looks to be the "A" variant.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted November 19, 2017 - 1:53pm

Good ad catch, Ken. The ad I referenced and Stephen linked is from 1954. You nailed it as an "A" with an ad from the year of the watch.

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Hamtramck Stan
Posted November 25, 2017 - 12:28pm

To find this in a debris box is absolutely great!! What a find!!