Bulova 1959 Winchester

Submitted by Robert Lee Yeakley on September 14, 2020 - 4:16pm
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I'm confused on this watch, the case says M6 which I was told means 1966 but the movement is 11AFAC which from what I gathered was used from 1959-1963.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bulova automatic
11afac movement
Robert Lee Yeakley
Posted September 14, 2020 - 5:00pm

I think I was wrong, I think movement serial is "L9"

Robert Lee Yeakley
Posted September 14, 2020 - 5:02pm

Movement serial is "L9" I believe not MX8 

Posted September 15, 2020 - 12:13am

Robert this appears to be a 1959 Bulova Winchester (L9) that has had a replacement case back from 1966.

Robert Lee Yeakley
Posted September 15, 2020 - 3:39am

Thank you, did they use Spiedel bands or is it a replacement band as well?

Posted September 15, 2020 - 5:11am

The 11AFAC movement is 100% correct for this case (2063). Now the question is, is the movement original to the case?

A 1959 movement in a 1966 case suggests not. Interesting to figure out what we have here as the components seem all correct, that is unless the caseback only (as Jim mentions) is not original, but from another case that just happened to use the same movement model.

I think all-in-all we still have a Bulova Winchester. Just not sure what year. 1966 with a correct earlier replacement movement?

Posted September 15, 2020 - 8:23am

We had a debate about this case not long ago. Pre-1959 Winchesters by ads and all other examples in the database lack the "scallop pattern" around the case sides. It looks like this case change appeared in 1959, after which the model was likely discontinued. The latest Winchesters we have ID'ed to date are 1959 and all of them have this "stand alone" for model scalloped case. No Winchester model as late as 1966, and no other ads identified for any other model using this case. Movement date therefore matches case.

I'm with Jim on this one as well. 

1959 Winchester "A" (White Dial)  noting replaced case back.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 15, 2020 - 9:36pm

I agree that is a 1959 Bulova Winchester, like my mates, I do not understand the case back. 

Robert Lee Yeakley
Posted September 16, 2020 - 1:47am

So that my fault, I am new and posted my watch on someone else's post that was similar, his has the L9 code, mine has the M6 replacement case, where would I be able to find an L9 case? Also, did Bulova use Spiegel bands or is the band a replacement as well ?

Posted September 16, 2020 - 8:56am

In reply to by Robert Lee Yeakley


I would set up an ebay alert for a 1959 Bulova.  You can narrow it down to parts or the whole watch category and see if something pops up.  That is how I complete any watches I have that is missing parts.   I did check and do not have a case back.    As for bracelets some others may want to chime in that are more experts on the matter  but I believe they used Champion and other brands.