Bulova 1952 Hawley

Submitted by V.Scott on
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Ran across this over the weekend. Runs very well considering it needs a thorough cleaning. It appears that someone has tried and erased the markings on the face in the process. 17 jewel Swiss movement. Date stamp on case and movement is L2, movement code is 10BT. 10k rolled gold plate, stainless steel back. New York. I believe it to be a Hawley.

The markings have been removed.
Badly needs a cleaning. Though runs well.
Bulova L2
L2 10BT
Bulova New York
Posted September 1, 2020 - 5:41pm

Your watch is indeed a 

1952 Hawley

Like this one

Posted September 1, 2020 - 6:12pm

Considering the abuse it has persevered, it works very well. The band it came with was just sad for what it is. At least it does appear someone cared for it, as there are several watch makers marks. 


Posted September 1, 2020 - 6:22pm

It's a pretty nice watch, I guessing the face was stripped during an attempt to clean the watch by submersing the movement in cleaning solution with the dial still in place. The Hawley, as well as the very similar Senator "B" are two of my favorite case styles of the 1950's. Here is an ad showing the original band.

Hawley Ad


Posted September 1, 2020 - 6:38pm

Thank you. I definately intend to replace the band. I was debating on a leather band versus a metal band. I will look into an expansion band. I find those to be comfortable. This is one I would add to my daily wear watches. Just have to be careful of it when I wash my hands.

Posted September 2, 2020 - 5:49am


Posted September 2, 2020 - 5:51am

Certainly a match for a 1952 Bulova Hawley.

Looks like someone had a go at cleaning the dial. I've been there, some dials hold up well to a gentle wash, others lose the minute track markings as soon as they hear you contemplate the idea in your head. The very early dials are the best for cleaning.

Still it can come down to the owner, and what their preference is....a very very dirty dial or a very very clean dial minus the printed detail. 

....oh and there can be a fine line between just clean enough and 'crap' I've gone too far!!!