Bulova 1953 Douglas

Submitted by donegd on February 23, 2015 - 9:08am
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I think this may be a 1953 Douglas.  The 8BC 21jewelled movement is marked L3.  The case is 10K White gold filled and Marked Bulova with the serial number 8070840. The dial  is a grey with raised silver numerals and hour markers the hand are silver.  I bought it for a snip as it wasn't working. This turned out to be a bent pallet bridge. its working fine now.

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 10:03am

Nice Douglas Donegd. I really like the white gold with the charcoal dial. A bent pallet bridge is one thing I have never encountered.

Posted February 23, 2015 - 10:32am

Nice Douglas similar one

Posted February 23, 2015 - 2:06pm

Very nice Douglas, I love the grey dial.

William Smith
Posted February 23, 2015 - 2:40pm

Douglas works!

Posted February 23, 2015 - 7:09pm

I like the white gold with charcoal dials. Agree with Douglas

Geoff Baker
Posted February 23, 2015 - 10:00pm


Posted November 6, 2023 - 11:16pm

With no date code on the case, wouldn’t the SN indicate a 1948 case?

Posted November 7, 2023 - 3:40am

It's a fair question. Other examples we seem to be able to line up both the movement and case dates. We have an example of L0 stamped on the case yet the serial number begins with a 3, but this may have been a 1950s thing (https://mybulova.com/watches/1948-douglas-4793)

Generally speaking though, most examples look like their movement and case dates line up, so the subject watch might have a donar movement (might).

That said as there is no other model it could be, then we would ID as a Douglas, noting a possible replacement movement, if we date the case to 1948, which is perfectly inline for this model.