Bulova 1953 Ellsworth

Submitted by BigTexRex on February 5, 2020 - 2:40pm
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I have my grandfather's retirement watch from 1953 (date code L3). I've looked through the database, but cannot find any model that is similar. I did see an advertisement for an Ellsworth model that seemed to match this watch's look. The case serial number is 6890867, 14k gold and no indication it has jewels. I have not opened the case. It keeps great time, but if it gets cold it will stop. I took it to one jeweler, but they did not want to open it for cleaning because they said if it's keeping good time leave it alone. I appreciate any help in its identification.  

1953 Unknown Men's Bulova Front
1953 Unknown Men's Bulova Back
1953 Unknown Men's Bulova Back Closeup
Posted February 6, 2020 - 6:33pm

Welcome to mybulova, that is a wonderful watch and excellent heirloom. Congrats! I agree, it's a first for the database and indeed is a

1953 Ellsworth.


That is truly a treasure. If it was my grandfather's, I would seek out another qualified watch person and have it serviced. If it's stopping when cold, the oil is drying out/thickened, and it should be attended to if you intend to wear it. I suspect it scared the person who looked at it and they didn't feel comfortable opening it up. Amazing watch, thanks for sharing it with us!

Posted February 6, 2020 - 8:32pm

Wow great advert match. Have to agree with a 1953 Bulova Ellsworth and a first for the database I think.

This watch is a keeper!!!

Geoff Baker
Posted February 6, 2020 - 10:05pm

This is a wonderful heirloom, congratulations Rex! Imagine how proud of this watch your grandfather must have been. I'll also vote to tag it a 1953 model but when you have it serviced try to get the date code of the movement to verify the year of manufacture.

1953 Bulova Ellsworth


Posted February 7, 2020 - 12:25am

Thanks so much, panel members, in helping me identify the model of my Bulova. It's a pleasure to have and wear. Next is to send it off for its first servicing in 67 years. 




Posted February 7, 2020 - 7:42am

Agree with Ellsworth. Stunning watch!

Kathy L.
Posted February 7, 2020 - 10:15am

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing your heirloom watch with us.  What a beauty.

1953 Bulova Ellsworth