Bulova 1960 Ensign

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
11AFC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
300010
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Crystal is flanged, 25.10 mm in the bezel opening and a width of 27.95 mm including flange.
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

An interesting attempt at water resistance, the bayonet bezel rotates and locks into place. Two piece split stem, and regular water resistant crown with gasket.  I won't be undertaking the restoration of this one til I get some more time, but I thought it interesting enough to post so we can all get a look at it. 

Stamped 'N0' on the movt, but 'M0' inside the case, and this is an indication of a much later movt being placed in this watch. The depth of the case is insufficient to allow for an automatic movt, so the one that is present, the 11AFC, handwinding, is probably close to being correct.  Swiss made case, and dial made by Durig Freres of Bienne. 

A typical hazard for this series was the shearing off of the dial feet, when rotating the bezel to remove it for service. This has happened here, and we will be laser welding the feet back on, and while we're at it, will be refinishing the dial. 

The watch is from a Montana Watchmaker's estate. 

*Edited to reflect change in date of manufacture from 1970 as originally posted to 1960. 

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 17, 2014 - 3:16pm

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Mark mentioned the possibility of this being a 'Surfmaster', and I think he may be right.  I had a customer come in with another one that was very similar, and although the customer was not looking to have it serviced, he was told that his watch was indeed a Surfmaster. 

Also, I have since discovered several 'Surfmaster' Bulova crystals, and several variants are very close. Not a positive ID, but I think it's a good guess.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 10, 2018 - 5:26pm

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1960 Ensign, per Ken's research and new ad.

Andersok
Posted June 10, 2018 - 6:36pm

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Here is the 1960 ad:

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Kathy L.
Posted June 10, 2018 - 6:43pm

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1960 Ensign from the new ad works for me.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 10, 2018 - 6:52pm

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Based on new ad - 1960 Ensign. Good work Ken.

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Reverend Rob
Posted June 11, 2018 - 2:22am

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Just an update, to bring this together- My previous thoughts that this was the wrong movt are incorrect. This is entirely all original, IMO. 

The 'MO' may refer to the casemaker, possibly Moderna of Switzerland.