Bulova 1956 Navigator

Submitted by Andersok on January 20, 2016 - 7:31am
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1956 Bulova Navigator (model# 275)

I picked up this watch some time ago; it was in very bad condition and needed just about everything on it restored. It happens to be one of my favorite designs. The case is not white gold or stainless, but a base metal type of nickel plating with a chrome finish. It was worn through severely, and the only way to bring it back was to have it replated. I think the case turned out rather well. The case is not date-stamped, and inside is marked Bulova Watch Co - case made in France. The caseback is stainless steel and marked ☆ Water Proof ☆; is this a Star case? The luminous white patterned dial and the hands have been refinished and re-lumed as well. The original dial had a square design around each luminous marker dot; the refinished dial has circular dots. It also uses a blue center sweep second hand. The movement is dated L6, 17-jewel 11ACC, Swiss made. The plain crown is not marked with the typical Bulova. The watch came in the original Waterproof display case, and had the hang tag (Navigator | 275 WHT. | 17J Strap $39.75 ). The original leather band was missing, but I have added a NOS Bulova band, very close to original. It also came with the Guarantee paper, with the case s/n and date of 12/5/56 hand written.

Supporting Ad is dated 1956

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1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted December 29, 2018 - 7:33pm

Another advert showing the Bulova Navigator.

1956/57 Bulova Navigator watch

Geoff Baker
Posted December 30, 2018 - 9:09am

A labor of love Ken, well done! I suspect this one will be staying home?

1956 Bulova Navigator

Posted December 30, 2018 - 10:39am

This is an older listing previously identified as the Navigator; not sure why all previous comments have disappeared and it is back to Unknown?

Posted December 30, 2018 - 6:15pm

In reply to by Andersok

Yeah I'm not sure what happened. I found the advert then went searching for unknowns in the database, saw this entry and figured it was brand new.

All updated now.

Kathy L.
Posted December 30, 2018 - 11:27am

That is odd Ken!  But beautiful job on the restoration.

1956 Bulova Navigator.

Posted December 30, 2018 - 11:50am

1956 Bulova Navigator next beautifully restored watch