Bulova 1950 Ruxton

Submitted by Stinky_Sullivan on May 18, 2023 - 6:52pm
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22.8mm x 22.6mm G-S CMT308-25
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1950 Bulova Ruxton
Possibly the “A” variant
Yellow gold bezel and stainless steel case back
L0 date code on case back and SN 4116167
17 jewel 10BM movement with L0 date code

1951 ad in the pictures.

This is the Ruxton or Ruxton “A”. I have found nothing to distinguish one from another. However, the 1951 ad pictures the Ruxton “A” and describes it as having a 10k yellow rolled gold plated case. It goes on to say “WHITE GOLD same as above” but makes no mention of a model variant different from the “A”. When looking at all the Ruxton and Ruxton “A” models in the member registry, I found nothing to make the distinction between the two. It could be inferred from the 1951 ad that the white gold version is the Ruxton and the Ruxton “A” is the yellow gold. However, the identifications of the member watches do not bear that out.

The 1952 ad describes the Ruxton as having a 4 faceted crystal although the catalog image is too distorted to clearly see. The description also makes no mention of a variant. The 1955 ad clearly shows the 4 facets crystal and the description specifies it is the Ruxton “A”. While this does nothing to help sort out the Ruxton vs Ruxton “A” question, it does seem to suggest the 4 faceted crystal was a feature of the 1952 and later Ruxton watches and the 1951 and earlier watches did not have this distinctive crystal. It would seem to reason that the description would include such a distinctive feature should it be presented. It is my conclusion that the 1950 Ruxton did not have the 4 faceted crystal.

1950 Bulova Ruxton dial
1950 Bulova Ruxton case back
1950 Bulova Ruxton 10BM movement
1951 Bulova Ruxton ad
Posted May 19, 2023 - 12:24am

In my research of Bulova variants I found two references for the Ruxton.   Variant A and C.   This ad confirms the yellow gold as Variant A then mentions the white gold which most likely should be variant C. That being said there is one yellow gold with a black dial in the DB currently listed as an A variant so there could be possible other variants.   I am comfortable with 1950 Bulova Ruxton "A" and believe the other non-variants should be updated to A.  Hopefully a white gold one will show up soon.

Posted May 19, 2023 - 9:57am

In reply to by JimDon5822

Is the price guide a reference source I don’t have access to or do I just not know where to look?

Being there’s a variant A and C, is there no base model?

Any opinion on the 4 faceted crystal and whether or not it is limited to models from 1952 and later?

Posted May 19, 2023 - 7:27am

So I wonder what the "B" variant might be...black dial version? Although the 1953 Price Guide only mentions the A and C as Jim reference/

Subject watch is certainly a match for a 1950 Bulova Ruxton "A".

Geoff Baker
Posted May 19, 2023 - 9:38pm

1950 Bulova Ruxton A is a good ID