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Bulova 1956 American Nurse "C"

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I was given this watch by my grandmother shortly before her death in 1999.  I was told this watch was given to her by my grandfather at their wedding in 1948, but the back indicates that it was made in 1956.   This watch is still fully functional and tells time perfectly.  

Any ideas or suggestions on what model this may be would be appreciated as I am new to researching Boluva watches.  My best guess would be some version of a La Petite?

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1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 28, 2019 - 10:26am

Welcome to myBulova and congrats on this lovely heirloom watch!  You are correct that if it is marked L6 that is the date stamp for 1956.  Maybe your grandfather gave her more than one watch and got confused.  Your watch is a nurse watch.  I have seen an ad for it recently but I am not finding it at the moment.  I will keep looking and hopefully be back with an ad and ID soon.  Thank you for sharing!  

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 28, 2019 - 11:09am

It is close to a Flight Nurse in this ad but the case is a tad different and it is also like this R.N. model from 1961 with a different shaped crystal.  I will keep looking for an exact match. 


Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 28, 2019 - 11:41am

Ok I found it : ) She is a Flight Nurse!  Here are two ads from 1959.  Is it possible for you to take a couple of closer shots of the front and back of your watch and post them in the comments?

1956 Bulova Flight Nurse

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 28, 2019 - 3:25pm

Well now I am torn finding this ad from Ads from a 1958 John Plain Co. Publication.  Your watch is yellow?

Because this is a magazine vs newspaper and it is a year earlier I will go with this ad.

1956 American Nurse "A"

Geoff Baker
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Posted May 29, 2019 - 9:27am

Hello MegLane9881, welcome to myBulova. It's wonderful that you have this amazing keepsake from your grandmother, congratulations.

Once Kathy has her mind made up I'll join the conversation ;).......OK - I'm ready - I agree that your watch should be named: 

1956 Bulova American Nurse A, thanks for sharing it.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 29, 2019 - 2:36pm

Haha yes I should have thought outloud in my head ; )

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Posted May 29, 2019 - 10:14am

It is not yellow, but silver/white.  The numbers on the dial are gold, as are the hands.

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 29, 2019 - 10:35am

Thank you for clarifying that it is white and for the additional photos!  The variant (the letter that determines the color usually) is probably "B" but I have not found an ad for that as of yet.  So I will go with a general ID of...

1956 American Nurse

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Posted May 29, 2019 - 11:37am

The ad above for the $49.50 Flight Nurse would appear to be incorrect. The only $49.50 Flight Nurse models were for the A and B variants, identified here (not included in the 1955 pricelists).

That leaves the American Nurse models, which the pricelist showing only two variants at that price, A for Yellow gold and C for white gold, which were also new models for 1955.

1956 American Nurse 'C', ref# 6733

Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 29, 2019 - 11:45am

Awe wonderful research Ken!

1956 American Nurse “C”