Bulova 1962 Squadron "L"

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Model ID rating explained.
2.67
Variant: 
L
Manufacture Year: 
1962
Movement Model: 
unk
Case Serial No.: 
unk
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

32mm case diameter. *For database reference only.

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Stephen Ollman
Posted January 3, 2011 - 3:20am

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This looks exactly like a 1956 President to me. A mis-label or a Bulova re-badge?

Bulova President

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 4, 2011 - 6:42am

Stephen,

The subject is a New old stock watch but does look identical to the ad to Me. the Years being the difference - '62 vs '56.  After considering the edvidence I would have to say Bulova re-badged the President at some point between the 2 dates shown.

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Stephen Ollman
Posted January 4, 2011 - 7:52am

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Certainly possible as the 1960s Presidents certainly changed from that of the 1656 version.

1960 Bulova Presidents

It would be nice to confirm the Squadron "L" label with a vintage 1962 Ad.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 4, 2011 - 8:17am

Stephen,

I agree. It would also be nice to know the Year of the model name change.

May also add that in 1956 the self winders of this design were known as Clippers, in the 60's (?) it appears the auto's became Presidents, with a dial and movement upgrade to 23J and again before 1964 to a 30J whereas prior these models were Bulova 23's and Commanders respectively.

I believe this named Squadron is a manual winding watch, interesting stuff.

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Posted March 8, 2011 - 5:55am

2nd visual evidence of the 17J Circular manual winding with sub seconds (former 'PRESIDENT') being Named 'SQUADRON' this one dated M0 - 1960 which would coincide with the ads Stephen shows above.

 

Bought new by the current owner in 1961 - 'SQUADRON D' 17J manual winding.

GVP
Posted March 10, 2011 - 6:05am

 To me it seems Bulova add military names when there is a war going etc. the original Squadron for example was during WWII.  Could this change from President to Squadron be anything to do with Vietnam or another similar conflict? You Americans probably know a little more about rthat dates than me though....just a thought

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 10, 2011 - 6:21am

Squadron always was GJ, I have a 1956 or '58 (?) in the database with the familiar hooded lug design. The switcheroo would have occured to upgrade the President movement and phase out / replace the old Squadron Case design with the popular at the time Circular with sub seconds Dial, (ex) President style, again a guess, but a logical one.  (?)

JP
Posted May 25, 2012 - 7:45pm

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I will gladly give you $31.50 for the above watch which is priced at that. Just let me know and I'll paypal you instantly.

John

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 25, 2012 - 8:26pm

lol!

I like the originally pictured Watch @ $49.95. 

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bobbee
Posted May 27, 2014 - 2:06pm

 

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