Bulova 1955 Bulova 23

Submitted by JimDon5822 on April 14, 2021 - 9:54am
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26.8MM Domed Plastic
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Found this yesterday at an antiques mall buried in the back of a case.    It had a scratched and discolored crystal and I was pleasantly surprised when I replaced the crystal to find a beautiful shiny like new dial.  This appears to be a 1955 Bulova 23 "H" based on the 1955-57 Linebook.   The case is 10KT yellow gold plate with a stainless back and L5 date code.  The 23J movement is a 10BPAC also with an L5 date code.  Overall in lightly worn condition and running great without a service.  

Bulova 23 H
Bulova 23 H
Bulova 23 H
55-57 Linebook Bulova 23H
Kathy L.
Posted April 14, 2021 - 10:38am

What a great find!  I always look for watches in the antique stores but haven't scored anything yet.  Love the lugs on this model.

1955 Bulova 23 "H"

Posted April 17, 2021 - 12:09pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Kathy, I live in a small town in Florida with an arts district with many antique stores. My experiences have been similar, but I may add if antique dealers find vintage watches they usually end up getting scrapped for gold content like pawn shops. Or if you do find old high end watches the prices are crazy. Folks use google and e-bay as their measure of what a watch is worth. We all know in the horological world this is bad. If you find a vintage watch, ask for the paperwork or any history. Once I got lucky and found an unused 1930's Bulova in a old store in Vancouver, BC. It still had all the tags and original display box and case. And of course if its a Bulova, this is the best place to find out what it really is. 

I agree, Bulova 23... "H"


John V.

Time & Again  

Posted April 14, 2021 - 11:08am

Gotta love it when that happens :o)

Nice score!

1955 Bulova 23 "H"

Posted April 14, 2021 - 12:08pm

Nice find and good match to the Bulova 23 'H'

Posted April 14, 2021 - 11:14pm

Well lookee what I found in my watch strap pile.  An original bracelet from the line book photo!  Bulova 23H

Geoff Baker
Posted April 15, 2021 - 10:00pm

I think those bands with the leather inserts are just the best! 1955 Bulova 23 H