Bulova 1956 Bulova 23

Submitted by gmmy775 on March 21, 2020 - 8:53pm
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Crystal Details
29.40Dia mm, in watch. Domed acrylic
Additional Information

Bulova Automatic  23j 10BPAC USA L6/L6 10109 Stainless Steel

I don't generally post incomplete watches, but in this case I am requesting advice on what the correct hands are, and if they are available.  Possibly a better example of an identical dial as well.  Thank you

Case Dimensions:

        Width w/o Crown:      34.85 mm

        Length:                          42.30 mm w/lugs

        Depth:                             9.65 mm wo/crystal, 12.80 mm w/crystal

        Lug Width:                    17.75 mm

        Crystal:                         29.40Dia mm, in watch.  Domed acrylic

        Crown:                            4.05 mm diameter, signed BULOVA

        Engraving on inside case back;  Stainless Steel; Bulova Watch Co; Swiss; no watchmakers marks

        Engraving on outside case back:  BULOVA; Stainless Steel; Shock Resistant; 10109; L6;                  Anti-Magnetic; Self Winding; Water Proof

Movement:  10BPAC

        Engraving on Movement:   On rotor: BULOVA – U.S.A.; 23 Jewels; 6 Adjustments; 10BPAC; Heat – Cold – Isochronism – 3 Positons.  On movement bridge: L6

Notes:  Missing hands.  Would very much appreciate info concerning correct hands for this model, and a source if available.

Dial view
Case back view
Movement view
Inside Case Back view
Crown Side view
Posted March 21, 2020 - 9:13pm

According to the 1957_LineBook_BAWD0131 pg 33, your watch is a Bulova 23 "Q". Correct hands are shown below.

1956 Bulova 23 "Q" watch

Posted March 21, 2020 - 9:15pm

The MyBulova crew is amazing!  Thanx.  I will be looking for these immediately

Posted March 21, 2020 - 9:21pm

In reply to by gmmy775

I overlooked a digit in the serial number.  The correct number is 101091, instead of 10109.  Can this be corrected?  Thank you

Geoff Baker
Posted March 21, 2020 - 10:24pm

Agree on ID - 1956 Bulova 23 Q

Posted March 22, 2020 - 9:31am

Bulova 23 'Q'

Posted March 22, 2020 - 11:22am

Bulova 23 "Q"

Posted March 22, 2020 - 12:00pm

1956 Bulova 23 "Q".  I can't wait to see what you do with it.  Great project watch. 

Posted March 22, 2020 - 1:43pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

went through 18 pages of ebay watch parts with no direct hits.  I am surmising that the hands are "dauphine" and silver. I will be calling Borel Monday for some generic.  Certain features make this model appealing to me:  The long lugs, the hidden crown. and the fact that it has a removable bezel.  The dial actually looks better than the photos, and I can live with it.