Bulova 1959 Bulova 30

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Hoping one of the Bulova experts could help me identify the year and model of this watch. Based on what I read I think it is a 1959 but I havent found anything that looks like this in the product literature.  

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1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
Posted September 4, 2017 - 11:13pm

Also forgot to add that back of case states L9 10KT RGP shock resistant anti magnetic

Geoff Baker
Posted September 5, 2017 - 5:52am

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Hello mbco, welcome to myBulova. Bulova didn't make a lot of 30 jewel watches, the only two models I've seen are 'Commander' which I don't think was being made during this period and 'Bulova 30' which was. I don't see any advert matches, I'm leaning toward a tentative 'Bulova 30' ID

Posted September 5, 2017 - 7:55am

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The 1960 annual report mentions a new line of 30 jewel models, and 1960 is the earliest Bulova 30 ad I can find. I'd say this is one of the first year models for that line, but I cannot find a match in the ads. Bulova 30

Geoff Baker
Posted September 9, 2017 - 7:45am

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Panel menbers? I have two votes for "Bulova 30"

Posted September 9, 2017 - 8:46am

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Bulova 30 for me too

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 9, 2017 - 10:21am

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Bulova 30 works for me too. 

Posted September 10, 2017 - 1:20am

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Agreed. Whilst I can find an advert for the Commander date 1960, it's a 23 Jewel version and looks a lot like the Regatta.

Ealiest adverts I can find for the Commander 30 is 1964, so based on this I'm also ging with Bulova 30.

Posted November 13, 2017 - 5:47pm

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 I agree this is a Bulova 30 and a real early one; but have an interesting observation. The lug design, movement, date and face say it's a  "30" but the case body is nearly identical to the Commander F of the late 1960's, except with different lugs.


The 30 turned into the 30 jewel Commander, and it would appear Bulova re-used some of the design elements of the 30 in the Commander line nearly 10 years later?