Bulova 1951 Kenmore

Submitted by georgetavo@msn.com on January 22, 2024 - 8:53pm
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Crystal details
19x 22.25 mm. approx
Watch Description

The following markings are stamped on the rear of the back of the watch

14K Gold   Bulova L1

numbers that I can't read, may end in the number 5


The watch was restored last Sept. I don't know if the face color is the original color. The hands were also replaced along with the glass.  The watched belong to my uncle who purchased it after he returned from WWII

Face of watch was painted/restored last year- not sure if its the original color
Side photo
side 2 of photo
Back of watch -14k gold APEX
Posted January 22, 2024 - 10:16pm

Thank you for posting your watch.   This is a 1951 Bulova Kenmore.  The original hands were stick hands and easily replaceable but not necessary as it is beautiful as is.   A rare survivor and only the second one we have seen in this database.



Posted January 23, 2024 - 2:05am

In reply to by JimDon5822

SNAP I swear this post was not there when I added mine. I found that top vertical entry but then went looking for a complete enrtry in another linebook. 

Posted January 23, 2024 - 12:34am

Case looks to be a match for a Bulova Kenmore which looked to run from 1951 to 1955 when is was discontinued.

1951-1955 Bulova Kenmore

Posted January 23, 2024 - 1:51am

Wow...  nice watch!  The Bulova Kenmore.  Rare enough this is the first one I've seen.

Kathy L.
Posted January 23, 2024 - 10:41am

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing this fantastic watch with us. Super cool case!

1951 Bulova Kenmore

Posted January 23, 2024 - 7:25pm

Nice match to the Kenmore

Posted January 23, 2024 - 8:30pm

Very cool watch and a great heirloom.

1951 Bulova Kenmore

Posted January 23, 2024 - 9:29pm

Thank you all for the watch information. It is appreciated. For the last 6 months I've been trying to locate this watch and unable to do so.

Should I see if I can have the hands replaced to the original stick hands- anyone care to comment.?

There is a $45.95 and $115.00 shown above. What does these figures mean? Did the watch cost $115 in 1951? What is the $45.95 mean?


Posted January 23, 2024 - 9:39pm

In reply to by georgetavo@msn.com

Correct, in 1951, Suggested retail was $115. $1 in 1951 has the same purchasing power as $11.57 in 2024. $45.95 was wholesale dealer cost.

Replacing the hands is a personal decision. If it was mine, I wouldn't bother.     :o)