Bulova 1957 -Unknown

Submitted by JimDon5822 on February 16, 2021 - 12:08am
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Here is an attractive one.   The yellow gold plate case is a smaller 30MM size. It has a black dial with yellow gold applied hour markers and yellow gold hands.    The back is Stainless steel with an L7 date code.   The movement is a 17J 11AC with a L7 date code.  I found a match to the case with a sub second called a Senator K with a white dial but no listing for a black dial.   My guess it is a 1957 Bulova Senator variant unknown.

57 Senator
57 Senator 2
57 Senator 3
57 Senator 4
1957 Line Book Senator
Posted February 16, 2021 - 2:57am

I tend to agree with the Senator ID, whilst I cannot yet find a match for the dial combination, everything else points to it being part of the Bulova Senator model group as as we can see from above, there were a few variations.

Interesting case back. Is it pop or screw?

Posted February 16, 2021 - 9:35am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

It is a snap back and this is a thin one at 5MM not including the crystal.  It has a B crown but I don't think that is an original.  

Posted February 16, 2021 - 3:24am

Also a close match for this SVP (bottom row, white dial version)

Note the font of the '2'

1960 Bulova watch advert

Posted February 16, 2021 - 7:19am

This is a tough one. The back being a snap is probably a contributing factor in name. Watch looks a lot like it could be a yellow gold version of the SVP "II" that turned into a Surf King. Face appears identical. However, both the round bezel SVP and Surf King were waterproof case design which leads back to the Senator line (with snap back).

Question; it possible this is a Senator casing with an SVP movement and face? It has matching dates, but the combination of a black face with a yellow gold case seems a little out of character for this time period, but not impossible. Not that it  necessarily means anything, but do I see a possible date stamp on the movement spacer ring of "A8"?

I'm currently at unknown and still looking.

Posted February 16, 2021 - 9:54am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Interesting observation and you do have an eagle eye.  There is an A8 on the spacer ring.   Not sure what that means but not likely a date.  The dial is a dead on match to the black dial SVP II according to the ones in the DB.   I originally thought the hour markers were yellow gold but they look silver at times too.     I think we have two options.   Unknown Senator variant. or Senator case with a SVP II black dial.   I am leaning towards a 1957 Senator with a replaced SVPII dial until at least a Senator ad shows up showing this configuration.  

Posted February 16, 2021 - 2:14pm

I believe the SVP models that used a similar dial were press-fit cases (top-loading, split-stem) in stainless steel.

Case does look like a good match to that Senator model (yellow case with SS back), but the dial looks to be non-matching. If the numerals are luminous, the the hands should be also; plus the hands look a bit too long, focusing on the minute hand extending past the outer track.

I'm at unknown for this one.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 17, 2021 - 9:53pm

I agree with Ken and am on the edge of Unknown as well. I have to take the third option Jim and that is Unknown. I just don't see enough to classify as Senator and if I accept the premise of a combiniation of SVP and Senator I'd have to classify as Non-Conforming.

1957 Bulova Unknown

Posted February 19, 2021 - 3:32am

Yeah I'm also tossing up between unknown and non-conforming.

Posted February 19, 2021 - 6:52am

Matching case and movement dates say it could be an unknown variant or possibly a face swap.

I'll go with unknown because I can't verify either choice with certainty


Kathy L.
Posted February 19, 2021 - 11:58am

I will go with unknown as well.