Bulova 1954 Sherwood

Submitted by catangen on February 19, 2021 - 12:42am
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I have been stirring over this one for awhile. I believe it is a 1956 Sherwood 14k solid yellow gold. The case is marked L4, the movement is marked L6. Not unusual to have mismatched date codes, i do however seem the the other way around most often. a later case with a year or two movement. in any event, i do not believe this is a replacement movement. The watch is so clean and from what i can see unpolished. The edges are crisp not rounded from polishing, The case back is free of any watchmakers service marks. The bracelet that is near spotless. Even in the crevices of the expansion joints, its super clean. The crystal and black dial are stunning to the point of having a mirror like quality. Case back and Bezel (with crystal) weigh 11.19g. Case Dia excluding crown is 1-5/16" (33.3mm) , lug to lug 39.1mm and lug width being 11/16 or (17.5mm). 

This watch is very similar to the President of the time, but in adverts all the President models are listed as 10k Yellow Gold Filled and 17j. The two adverts i have found that detail the Sherwood list it as 14k solid yellow and 21j which this watch is. Both adverts show it as with white dials (perhaps due to it being artistically easier to show detail on white dial rather than a big blob of black ??) and no variants for a black dial, but i do believe this is an original dial. (But i could be wrong). Also, the adverts show a lether strap, this one currently wears a Finesse USA semi-expandable which may not be original but i believe to be period correct and stylistically matches the watch perfectly. 

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mirror perfect
14k stamp case back
10BP (L6) movement
1957 advert.
Posted February 19, 2021 - 3:24am

I think this linebook entry from 1957 says it all.

1954 Bulova Sherwood "B" and what an amazing example......that is super SUPER clean!!

1956-57 Bulova Sherwood watch

Posted February 19, 2021 - 5:05am

1956 Bulova Sharewood "B", nice watch

Posted February 19, 2021 - 6:58am

Very nice example...Sherwood 'B'

Posted February 19, 2021 - 9:53am

Amazing watch, congrats and thanks for sharing it with us. A dazzling 1st for the database.  Well done on the ID to both you and Stephen!

1954 Sherwood "B"

My thoughts:

I'm inclined to go with case date. Watch would be considered an unusual one (solid gold) and expensive ($1,300+ today). It was likely produced in low numbers. Case produced in 1954 and was probably a jeweler "special order" when requested by a customer; and assembled fresh from pre-produced inventoried parts stock by Bulova when ordered, rather than languishing in a storeroom or showcase someplace as low sales volume inventory .

Line Book entry is from 1957, which could indicate not production date, but the fact it was still available for sale that year.


Kathy L.
Posted February 19, 2021 - 11:57am

Great looking watch and nice ad match!

1954 Bulova Sherwood "B"

Posted February 19, 2021 - 2:58pm

The Sherwood B.... super sweet watch man!

Posted February 19, 2021 - 10:16pm

A great looking watch.  Sherwood B

Geoff Baker
Posted February 19, 2021 - 10:25pm

It's a beauty Chris, glad you finally got it loaded. I agree with the ID, Sherwood and the date 1956 (we like to use the newest date). It's a great find for your collection. Congratulations.

1956 Bulova Sherwood

EDIT - Chris, the panel had agreed sometime back that the case date would, in some instances be the determining factor to date a watch. Offline discussion of the panel reminded me of such. The record is updated to 1954 as we feel the case itself is the main factor. Sorry for the confusion.

1954 Bulova Sherwood B