Bulova 1959 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by brandall54 on December 28, 2018 - 7:54pm
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23.2mm x 20.2mm at center 18mm on ends
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the Case is clearly marked L9 However the 11AF movement is clearly stamp N0 1970???

1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
Posted December 28, 2018 - 8:40pm

L9 would mean that it's a 1959 case with a N0 (1970) movement, which unnfortunetly would mean this watch 'non-conforming'.

Do you have a close up of the movement?

Posted December 28, 2018 - 9:02pm

I uploaded a closer image of the movement to my user file, but don't know how to get it here

Posted December 29, 2018 - 12:35am

In reply to by brandall54

You can add a photo here using the 'Image' button in the toolbar as when you add a comment. If you have alreayd uploaded, simply find it and double click to insert.

Posted December 29, 2018 - 12:31am

 If I can identify the case I could find a proper movement but I didn't see anything in the database or in the old adverts

Posted December 29, 2018 - 10:17am

I can't find any instances of watches in the database sporting an 11AF movement (sub second hand) past 1960. Is it possible date code is M0 on movement? That would make a lot more sense and could mean movement is original to the watch. Sometimes it's difficult to tell an M from an N on a movement.

The latest sub second models I find are dated 1967, none of which are sporting an 11AF. Just an observation.

Posted December 29, 2018 - 7:49pm

I checked it under 10x magnification and it is definitely an N0 right above the word Unadjusted on the movement. Not clear in the photo

Posted December 30, 2018 - 6:44pm

Thanks for the photo. That would unfortunetly place your watch in th non-conforming category, but with the correct movement in place we can cerrtainly look to update. 

Posted December 31, 2018 - 10:47am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Do you have any idea which model the case might possibly? I went through the database and the adverts but didn't find anything that looked similar.

Kathy L.
Posted December 31, 2018 - 11:43am

I looked through the full and partail ads and did not find a match.  Pretty unique case so one could pop up at some point.

Posted April 13, 2019 - 1:46pm

Update...another one of these cases has surfaced on Ebay.

This one appears to have a '52 or '53 date code (kinda blurry, couldn't tell for sure.

Here is a photo

Identical to the one I have. Same 11AL movement, same hands, same face ?