Bulova 1953 Ellsworth

Submitted by BigTexRex on February 5, 2020 - 2:40pm
Manufacture Year
1953
Case Serial No.
6890867
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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.  

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1953 Unknown Men's Bulova Front
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1953 Unknown Men's Bulova Back Closeup
neetstuf-4-u
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.

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!

mybulova_admin
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

 

BigTexRex
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. 

Rex

 

 

Andersok
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