Help with ID of vintage Bulova

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    Help with ID of vintage Bulova

    Hi everyone

    Going through my moms things as she has since passed and came across a vintage ladies Bulova. I've tried to search the number on the backing but have came up with nothing. If anyone has any idea what this is, I'd appreciate it

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    Re: Help with ID of vintage Bulova

    Hi NatashaC, and welcome to the forum.

    The numbers on the back are the serial number for the case, and not very useful for dating the watch.

    If you're able to safely open the back, or take it to a watchmaker who can, there should be some sort of a date code on the movement inside. There's a handy chart on the Accutron-Bulova-Caravelle forum. You're looking for either one of the symbols in the top chart (for before 1949 manufacture) or the alpha-numeric code where the letter is the decade and the number is the year in the decade. (L6 = 1956, etc.)

    After you have the year narrowed down, my favorite resource is the vintage advertisements on another site. The date code on the movement will give you a window of +/- 3 years or so to narrow your searching. If you can't get the date code, I'd start at the 1940's and go through the 1960's.
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