Bulova 1955 Marquise

Submitted by bourg01 on April 17, 2013 - 1:03am
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My grandmother was given this watch before 1950.  At least that's what my father thinks.  I don't know the exact date.  When the jeweler opened it, he said he didn't see a symbol on the movement - nothing other than 17 jewels. He did admit that he was not a watch person and I'm afraid he didn't know what to look for. On the back of the case the references were an R or D 44529; H 3900; L 316.5.  Unfortunately, I didn't know it needed to be oiled before I wound it to see if it works.  It does work, but I will not wind it again.  It is 14k, including band, and has 42 diamonds.  Besides what the watch is worth in gold weight and diamonds, I have no clue.  Thank you for letting me join your forum.  My email address is susanfeaman@yahoo.com.  I have paid my donation to have the watch listed for sale.  I look forward to hearing from you all.

I purchased this watch from Susan to save it from the low lifes that would scrap it for the gold and diamonds. It is truly gorgeous and Lorraine's going to love it. I have updated the information that was prviously unkown, movement model, date of manufacture and updated the pictures. Enjoy.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 1:52am

I'm sure there was a date stamp or symbol on the movement but your jeweller didn't see it as all Bulova's have the date stamp. This style is more of the mid fifties to mid sixties to me. Bulova really started using alot of diamonds in several of the ladies watch models during this period. Regardless of the date of production, this watch is gorgeous, truly a priceless family heirloom. This was one extremely expensive watch in it's day and if it was pre 50's even more so.

Posted April 17, 2013 - 2:00am

My father thought my grandfather gave it to her before he went to college.  That's about all I know about that.  I've thought about taking it to a watch person, but I live in rural Illinois and would have to drive quite far to find one.  That's why I was hoping to find some help here.  Thanks for your comment.

Posted April 17, 2013 - 2:29am

In reply to by susanfeaman

No worries, I looked through the 50's ads and found nothing this nice. Even looking through the sixties yeilded no matches so I checked another site and nothing like this there either. I'm assuming the band is original and solid gold as well. It would be stamped on the clasp.  It could very well pre-date the 50's, just can't find any ads in the style of your watch. Anyway, that is a wonderful timepiece and Thank You for sharing it with us.

Posted April 17, 2013 - 3:24am

I don't see the 14k stamp on the clasp, but the jeweler tested it as 14k.  I know the price of the materials, the weight of the gold and the diamond worth, but it's the Bulova worth that I'm trying to find out.  I hate to have this piece leave the family, but my father is a double amputee and I live with him and take care of him full time.  We are on a limited budget.  Thanks again for your post!

Posted April 17, 2013 - 3:52am

I believe this beautiful watch is part of the late 1950s Diamond series. We have an advert for a 59 diamond model but none with 42.

Would date around 1959, but may very well be wrong.

Posted April 17, 2013 - 4:10am

That's interesting.  I tried to look up the 1950 Diamond series, but didn't find anything comparable.  I'll keep looking.  Thanks so much. 

Posted April 17, 2013 - 4:23am

I have had a similar watch and it had the same dial. I believe this will be a 6c movement as pictured below. I scoured my pc and managed to find these two pics and info,  it dates 1958 (L8)

Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:34am

That certainly is the same dial.  Wonderful!  I'm coming to believe it is a 1958 with 6c movement and from the Diamond series.  You guys are awesome!

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 3:11pm

It could be from the Diamond series, as it has many of these charactoristics.  However, it could also have it's own unique model name.  It's beautiful.  I have to look at the Diamond series ads to see if members of this series have their own model names.