Bulova 1963 Concerto

Submitted by Reverend Rob on July 11, 2019 - 8:27pm
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Here we have a little ladies watch, with quite a span between case and movt. The case is stamped L3, while the movt is stamped M3. Clearly the movt has been replaced.

I haven't had a chance to look at adverts, but it resembles a Concerto. 

1958 Bulova watch
1958 Bulova watch
1958 Bulova watch
1958 Bulova watch
Kathy L.
Posted July 12, 2019 - 2:18am

I am wondering if the back is a replacement.  The case and dial both look like the Concerto "EE" or the Sunburst "H".  I am finding ads for those between 1963 and 1966.  The Sunburst was sungold which the ad says is golden colors of a rainbow when moved in different light.  If it doesn't have these glints of color I would say it is the Concerto.  I can't find any ads that say if the "EE" is for yellow or white.


Reverend Rob
Posted July 12, 2019 - 10:19am

Now that is something we don't automatically consider as apossibility- the case back does carry the date stamp, and it is easily replaced. We often think of the movt having been replaced.

As to how and why this would happen- increasingly, I come across boxes and buckets of small watches at flea markets and the like, and often the backs have been removed to check what is inside, and not replaced. The backs are in the bucket, along with others. Although this watch has a distinctive shape, the back is really quite ordinary and probably interchanges with other models.

I'm not sure about this rainbow effect- There is fine engraving on the side of the watch, but might be too worn to sparkle the way it originally did. 

Geoff Baker
Posted July 12, 2019 - 9:52pm

Kathy - I think you're on to something. We recently ID'd a Concerto EE. The case sides on that watch appear smooth whereas this example matches the advert better for Concerto EE. I agree that the back is a red herring, there's no way this could be a 1953 design. Having said that I can't imagine this is a 1973 (movement date code) watch either so that's TWO red herrings.....


Posted July 14, 2019 - 11:51am

In reply to by Geoff Baker


The dial on the one that was recently ID'd  is incorrect with the ads for Concerto EE.


Rev. Rob's watch dial: hours markers are golden oval(ish), no numbers, and has a triangle design at bottom of dial.


brandall54's watch dial: has silver hour markers 12,2,4,6,8 and 10 with arrow hour markers at 1, 3,5,7,9 and 11. The "6" hour marker is at the bottom of the dial without the triangle design as the one above. The case finish isn't the same as Rev. Rob's watch.



Posted July 14, 2019 - 12:19am


I agree with Reverand Rob about the watch being the Concerto EE, with a back replacement. The case is both florentine and polished.


The Sunburst H has a different finish on case.



Reverend Rob
Posted July 13, 2019 - 10:53pm

The movement is 1963.

 I think it's a Concerto with a case back replacement. 

Posted July 14, 2019 - 1:03pm

The Sunburst line has a multi-colored case, like this one; does this case have that effect?

Reverend Rob
Posted July 15, 2019 - 5:52pm

No, just regular gold colour.

Kathy L.
Posted July 15, 2019 - 7:12pm

Then I will vote Concerto.  I would be inclided to go with "EE" for yellow or white unless an ad comes up to say otherwise.

1963 Bulova Concerto "EE"