Bulova 1923 156

Submitted by SAGG on November 14, 2021 - 1:00pm
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This watch has the 'O' on the inside of the case. It is an American Standard Case 14K white gold. I have noted a date based on the case. I have seen a watch like this in a 1923 advertisement on your website. I want to know the value or if I should sell it for melt. It runs, but probably needs to be cleaned and look at by a reputable watch repair person. The case is monogramed on the back. I have taken the best photos I can. 

1923 model 156? Date taken 11/13/21
83893 serial number. Date taken 11/13/21
American Standard 14K white gold case. Date taken 11/13/21
Kathy L.
Posted November 14, 2021 - 3:17pm

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing your watch with us.  Like this one https://mybulova.com/watches/1922-156-5407?page=1

We do not give values on this site because there are too many variables, condition, collectability, current market, etc.  You can search ebay to see what 14k watches have recently sold for to get a rough idea of current value.  Personally, I would love to see you try to sell to collectors first so it has a chance to go to a collection instead of being melted down.

Bulova 156

Posted November 14, 2021 - 9:55pm

Dear SAGG, your watch is a wonderful example of the early 156 from 1922. Whatever the melting value, you will always manage to get a higher price from a collector for such a wonderful piece of history.

Posted November 14, 2021 - 9:59pm

In reply to by Alex

Thank you for the information. I have no idea how to price this item. If a collector is willing to buy it, that would be nice.

Posted November 14, 2021 - 11:14pm

That is an early one and a real beauty that's worth more than melt. Do some research on eBay completed auctions of similar size, gold K, running condition and age.

1922 Bulova 156


Posted November 16, 2021 - 2:39pm

1922 Bulova 156 looks to be a good match.  And a nice example at that. 

Posted November 17, 2021 - 3:23am

What about a 1923 956.

Case engraving is very different from the common 156 we see.

1923 956 ladies watch

Posted November 20, 2021 - 2:37am

Looking a little closer at this model.

In April 1923 is was known as the 956,in June it changed to 156 and then in December 1924 (possibly earlier) is was fiuanlly named Minerva.

1923 Bulova 956, 156, Minvera watch

1924 Bulova 155, 156, Minerva watch advert.


With hand and early movement, I'm leaning towards the earlier version, thus 1923 Bulova 956

Posted November 21, 2021 - 8:21am

Not my field of expertise; so I will go with the research by someone who is better informed. Based on confirmed dates and ads, I'll agree subject watch is more likely the early version and therefore I'll change my vote to

1923 Bulova 956

Kathy L.
Posted November 21, 2021 - 5:32pm

Stephen, I think you are right, it does look like the 956!  I think that is what you meant, not 954, right?  

1923 Bulova 956

Posted November 22, 2021 - 8:53pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Thanks Kathy, I did indeed mean a 956.  I've corrected my post.