Bulova 1953 Launcelot

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on September 24, 2021 - 6:42pm
C
Manufacture Year
1953
Movement Model
10BM
Movement Jewels
17
Case Serial No.
6944059
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Case dated 1953 and the 17J movement is dated 1952. Yellow gold plated case with black dial sporting 3 diamonds. This configuration is a first for the database.

Based on previous research as seen here, There were 4 Launcelots; two designated as "A" and 2 as "C". We can see that originally in 1954 there was

30175-Y (yellow w/white dial) listed as "A" and 30177-Y (yellow with black dial) listed as "C". Both models priced at $95. 

Then in 1955, 30179-W "C" appears(white with black dial).

Based on prices and model numbers, it appears that the yellow versions of both A and C were initially priced at $95 and followed by white gold versions priced at $100, with the white version of "A" disappearing in 1955?

The "A" variant morph seems a little more confusing, but the "C" is pretty straightforward. 

Model 30177-Y is variant  "C" Yellow with black dial

Model 30179 - W is variant "C" White with black dial

Model 30175 - Y is variant "A" Yellow with white dial. This one appears to have used the same number for 2 model "A"'s ($95 and $100). Logically the difference was case color and white case was dropped quickly leaving yellow? Are you confused yet?

 

To avoid confusion in the future, should these be broken down by model number as well as variant letter? Yellow and white Launcelot "C" have  distinct model numbers.

If so, I would designate subject watch as 

Launcelot 30177-Y "C" and white case black face examples as 30179-W "C".

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Andersok
Posted September 24, 2021 - 7:26pm

Very nice, Launcelot "C" is the match.

linebook 132 has this identified at $100

Geoff Baker
Posted September 24, 2021 - 10:04pm

1953 Launcelot C

Kathy L.
Posted September 25, 2021 - 6:39pm

I love this one, great addition to your diamond dial collection.

1953 Bulova Launcelot "C"

neetstuf-4-u
Posted September 26, 2021 - 8:11am

In reply to by Kathy L.

Thanks Kathy! It's always a thrill to find  one that is relatively obscure :o)

mybulova_admin
Posted September 26, 2021 - 2:13am

1953 Bulova Launcelot "C"