Bulova 1953 Commodore

Submitted by Andersok on June 1, 2016 - 7:55am
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1953 Bulova Commodore

Yellow gold case 10K RGP (stamped inside) dated L3, top-loader type, movement is accessed by removing bezel ring and crystal, and separating the two-piece stem; luminous dial and hands with yellow second hand - 1953 ad mentions it should be red; stainless caseback; 17-jewel 10BUC movement dated L3; original Bretton expansion band.

1955 Ad

1953 Bulova Commodore
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Reverend Rob
Posted June 1, 2016 - 10:06am

Commodore works for me, and that is one crisp example!

Posted June 1, 2016 - 12:05pm

Agree with Commodore, nice one

Posted June 1, 2016 - 12:42pm


Geoff Baker
Posted June 2, 2016 - 5:56am

This is a wonderful example Ken, it cleaned up nicely. I note the seconds numbers on the dial, we don't see this very often on Bulova dials. I think they nail the ID straight down. Now on the non red sweep......just kidding.

1953 Commodore


Posted June 2, 2016 - 7:12am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thanks, as for the red second hand I noticed that all of the other handful of Commodore examples of this style already in the database do not have the red hand; I like the contrast of the red hand on some models, but the yellow works well on this watch.

Posted January 12, 2024 - 8:39pm

Does anyone know which crystal this watch takes?.   The crystal is 28.2 mm outside diameter and 27.2 mm inside diameter.  The crystal has to fit over a ring on the case and then the bezel ring goes over that for a seal.  


Thanks much if anyone knows.  Having a tough time finding the particular type.


Posted January 13, 2024 - 5:49am

In reply to by DogfaceNobody

Take a look at the 1950s waterproof crystal catalog section of this page, specifically #7. This watch uses the 1112E-1 crystal. The GS cross-ref is the PA 432.

Posted January 13, 2024 - 9:30am

Thanks very much for the info.  Just what I need for this and subsequent parts and info.