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Bulova 1961 Midshipman

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3

Manufacture Year: 

1961

Movement Model: 

11AFC

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

176591

Case shape: 

Round

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

-1961 Bulova

Stainless steel case dated M0, made in Germany. White patterned dial with luminous hands and dots, inner seconds track with blue second hand with a shorter length matching the track. Swiss-made 11AFC 17-jewel movement is dated M1.

For a long time I could not identify the model, but I recently ran across a 1960s Cola ad with various models. One of the models shown is a Midshipman with model number 11304. The pricelists show this model number as the Midshipman GW @ $49.50. The design looks to be a match to my watch. Of course the dial in the ad has been altered for the company name.

What do you think - Midshipman GW or Unknown?

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Andersok
Panel Member
Posted March 21, 2018 - 11:12am

1960s corporate awards ad:

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 21, 2018 - 11:38am

Now this is an interesting one. Watch matches ad except for non-standard (Bulova) company logo. Bulova/Coke ad matches price list. Lug placement on case appears not quite the same, but that's most likely an artist perception variation. Midshipman or Midshipman GW works for me. Great ad for the DB as well.

jabs
Panel Member
Posted March 21, 2018 - 1:07pm

I incline to Midshipman GW; nice clear watch as always

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 22, 2018 - 6:05am

Beautiful watch Ken, well presented too. I think you convinced me. I'm a bit skeptical about third party ads but I think this one is correct.

1961 Bulova Midshipman GW

 

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 31, 2018 - 9:54am

Panel - can we agree that Ken's watch is Midshipman GW? 

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 31, 2018 - 10:09am

Agreed, Midshipman GW

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Reverend Rob
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Posted March 31, 2018 - 10:18am

Yes, Midshipman GW.