Bulova 1954 Phantom

Submitted by gmmy775 on May 23, 2019 - 4:29pm
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Bulova 1126-E [GS PA444] 28.5 mm round
Watch Description

Bulova Phantom 17j 10BUC ss 7715236 L4_L4 stem wind swiss  Case Measurements:  33.70Width mm w/o crown, and 5.85Depth mm w/o crystal  - Case Material:  stainless steel - Crystal out of watch:  Bulova 1126-E [GS PA444] 28.5 mm round  - Lugs:  18.50mm - Crown:  4.90 mm w/ male half-stem - Movement: Bulova 10BUC.   Inscriptions on movement:  Swiss; Seventeen 17 Jewels; Unadjusted; L4; BXW [import code]; 10BUC [in a box]; BULOVA WATCH CO; - Inside Back:   Two hand-scribed watchmaker’s marks - Back:  Inscription from top to clockwise:  BULOVA; Patent Pending; L4; Stainless Steel Case; Anti-Magnetic; 7715236; Water Proof; Shock Resistant; Note:  Bourg01 instructed me in how to open this type case, though I had to re-read it 3 times before it clicked.  I now have three with this configuration. The Back/Crystal combine as an ostensibly water-tight unit, that is then press fit into the Bezel. I am skeptical, as the crown is, as always, the weak link.  Particularly with this design, as the male/female stems get a bit loosie-goosie  as they age.  Care must be taken when re-assembling…there is a definite click when the back seats into the bezel.  If you don’t hear it, then it is likely the unit will fall out of the bezel when you remove from your wrist. This watch starts up with almost any motion and runs well.  The black paint is fading around the numerals, center, and vertical lines.

1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
1954 Bulova watch
Posted May 24, 2019 - 4:43am

nice watch

1954 Bulova Phantom "B"

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Posted May 24, 2019 - 7:17am

Agree with Phantom 'B'

Geoff Baker
Posted May 24, 2019 - 8:27am

1954 Bulova Phantom B

Reverend Rob
Posted May 24, 2019 - 11:25am

1954 Phantom 'B'.


Kathy L.
Posted May 24, 2019 - 12:32pm

1954 Bulova Phantom "B"

Posted May 25, 2019 - 12:03am

Very nice, we don't see too many of these.

Posted May 25, 2019 - 7:49am


1954 Bulova Phantom "B"

Posted January 25, 2023 - 6:42pm

Do you have detailed instructions for opening this style of case? I have this watch and am stuck :-/

Posted January 26, 2023 - 12:31am

In reply to by davidvan

The bezel is fairly tightly friction fit to the case bottom half.  When you seperate them the move remains with the bottom half.  hope thta helps

Posted January 26, 2023 - 7:20am

In reply to by gmmy775

Yes, that makes sense, and your pictures are really helpful too. I was just wondering if you had any practical advise on actually getting it open. Did you just use a case knife? Or a dedicated bezel remover or what? I have tried and tried on mine to no avail. Theres no lip so all my case knife has done is scratch the back :-/ 

Any tips or tricks would be much appreciated.