Bulova 1956 American Girl

Submitted by Kathy L. on January 29, 2019 - 6:53pm
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I picked this American Girl up to see what they are like in person.  It isn't a line I thought I would be interested in but I really like how it looks on my wrist.  This one is missing the chain but I think it will stay on without an issue.

I think it might be the "H".  There is an ad with a yellow gold filled version as the "I".  This one is 10K white gold filled.  The case and band are marked Bulova.  The case and movement are dated L6.  

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 29, 2019 - 11:26pm

1956 American Girl 'H' looks right to me, good example too!

Posted January 30, 2019 - 3:52am

1956 American Girl "H", nice

Posted January 30, 2019 - 8:44am

Pricelists show the 'H' variant at two price levels ($71.50 & $75.00) using the same model number 5042. The $75 one states Yellow and 21 jewels, no specifics at the lower price.

Here is a 1952 ad stating 'H' at $71.50 is white gold. In the ad it also provides a model number 5071, which corresponds to variant 'N' in the pricelists, which is white at the $75 level per pricelists.

Both the 'H' and 'N' variants are listed in the Diamond section of the pricelists. 'N' is similar to 'H' showing the same two price points under one model number with the higher priced being white and 21 jewels.

I cannot find the 'N' in any ads for this design, but I feel this white gold version is the 'N'. Tentative with either variant.


Also, I think the 'I' variant, only at $75 is similar, but has a different bezel that comes to a point in the center L&R, whereas subject watch has a flat section.

Kathy L.
Posted January 30, 2019 - 11:14am

In reply to by Andersok

Yes looking at the "I" and agree with you that the bezel is different.  I think your 1952 "H" ad stating white gold and 17 jewels is a good match.  Thanks for doing all that research Ken!

Geoff Baker
Posted January 31, 2019 - 7:02am

Attention all eBay and Etsy sellers....Kathy is beginning a new collection - get your American Girl watches ready for sale, she's on a roll!

I agree with you Ken, H ad is a closer match

1956 Bulova American Girl H -  BTW this is a really nice watch, I think the chains are still available.


Kathy L.
Posted January 31, 2019 - 11:03am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

lol yes I think I might have to get a couple more in this line.  Oh good to know, I will look to see if I can pick up a chain for it.  Thanks Geoff!

Posted January 31, 2019 - 10:07am

Well done, Ken. I agree

1956 Bulova American Girl H

and a nice one at that!

Kathy, I think you just "opened a fresh bag of potato chips" (American Girl flavor....)