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Bulova 1956 -Non-Conforming

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I found this watch at an antique store for $20.00. Gold case, with remnents of what seems like the original gold band still affixed.  Based on what I saw looking through the ad's I think it may be a 1957 Commodore. It is also the first "two-piece" stem I have tackled.  It is a front loader and removing the front pieces was easy but getting the stem out was tricky.  I tried all the techniques I've read here including turning it upside down but what eventually worked was using an old presto hands remover and giving it a good yank. At first I thought I broke it but as I inspected it closer it came apart as designed.  The good - I think the case, dial and hands will clean up well.  The balance was also lively and appears to be in good condition.  The bad - I read somewhere that this particulary movement employs some sort of "Indirect Sweep 2nd hand gear on a long pinion which is held in place by the spring strap in the center of the movement?  As a novice, I'm a little nervous about it but we shall see.  The ugly - It was apparent why the stem was so difficult to deal with. The male part attached to the crown is terribly rusted.  I don't know if it can be salvaged or if I need to find an entirely new stem.  If so, any ideas where to find one?  I appreciate your opinions and analysis and also the time you guys put into helping an old novice like me identify these old bulova's. :-)

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[11ACC_1956] Movement
1956 Front
Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted April 10, 2018 - 7:32am

Panel - any more thoughts on this one?

neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted April 10, 2018 - 11:59am

I'm at "non-conforming" - marriage of bulova parts.

Panel Member
Posted April 10, 2018 - 11:06am

Not on an ID bo say Rev Rob has offered excellent advice, head it well.