Bulova 1956 La Petite

Submitted by Christophermeems on December 5, 2014 - 12:55pm
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So I have gathered more information on the watch. Back of movement as inscription of; M1, 6ADJ, 5AD, <, 23 JEWEL, Case has following inscription;  10K, 7356M, 2\19650, 2/21525

christophermeems Bulova watch 12 12 2014.jpg
Posted December 7, 2014 - 2:15pm

Hi Christophermeems. I had to put on my sunglasses on to look at your sparkling beauty.  Your watch looks like the La Petite "I". It may be a 1956 instead of a 1950. Looks like it might be missing a couple of the diamonds. I'm not one of the experts here though. You'll need to wait and get their evaluations to be sure of what you have.

Posted December 6, 2014 - 6:22am

Hi Christophermeems, according to what you have decided on the 1950 ?? what is marked on the back side of the case (1950 must have time stamp L0), as many as case diamonds ?? in photograph it can not be determined certainty

I do not think this would be a LP variant of "I" case is different

Geoff Baker
Posted December 7, 2014 - 6:36am

Hello Christopher, welcome to myBulova. This really is a beautiful ladies watch. I've looked through all of our adverts and can't find anything that matches it so I will have to say for now it's an Unknown model. Bulova made many different variants of ladies diamond watches in the late 50's and early 60's, they were incredibly popular. If it has value to you as a family heirloom, a new winding crown can be installed and it could be worn again.

Thanks for sharing it.

Posted December 7, 2014 - 9:27am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you very much Geoff. I defiantly would be interested in replacing the crown and getting the watch up and running. It was my great grandmothers watch. I know at the time when my great grandfather purchased the watch, he would have spared no expense. So the only other missing piece to this puzzle would be the value of it and if I could place a model on the watch. Also the inscription on the case is hand written and not stamped, is this a common practice of the period?? Thanks again for all the help!

Geoff Baker
Posted December 8, 2014 - 5:31am

In reply to by Christophermeems

We might be able to steer you toward a watchmaker if you can't  find one, depending on where you live. In terms of value, we are not able to do appraisals, sorry. The markings inside the back of the watch case where left by watchmakers who have serviced it in the past. To the person that made them they tell a story, to us they most likely do not.

Posted December 8, 2014 - 6:30am

I live in new york city, should I take it to bulova of Manhattan??

Posted December 11, 2014 - 6:30am

I'm certainly thinking Bulova La Petite with 12 diamonds. Cannot find a variant match.

Posted December 14, 2014 - 3:19pm

I understand that you do not do appraisales. Can you point me toward a resource that could give me an approximate value for the watch shown above? I began research on this site because i am looking to purchase this very watch(very odd, I know) at a jewelry store in my hometown. Since I have no knowledge of vintage watches, I do not want to pay more than what would be considered fair market. It is to be a gift for my wife, for Christmas. Any help would be appreciated. Jmasters

Geoff Baker
Posted December 18, 2014 - 6:06am

In reply to by jmasters

The only resource we could suggest are the on-line auction sites. They do not tend however to be very reliable. It's tricky trying to value these watches. Appraisals tend to be for insurance replacement value and generally do not indicate a reasonable sell / buy value. Wish we could help....