Bulova 1963 Regatta 23

Submitted by gmmy775 on April 24, 2019 - 1:39pm
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33.55 in case
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My hard data for this watch:

Bulova 23j 10BZAC ss J47298 M3_M3 Automatic

Case w/o crown:  33.55mm  SS

Case material:  Stainless steel

Crown:  4.1mm unsigned

Crystal in watch:  29.35mm

Lugs:  17.7mm

Movement year:  1963; no serial number

Inside Back:   #2450; single watchmaker mark

Back:  #J47298; BULOVA; M3; Stainless Steel Case; Shock Resistant; Anti-Magnetic; Selfwinding; Water Proof

Threaded Bubble back with 6-slots, one piece

Note:  Starts running at with two turns of crown

1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
Posted April 24, 2019 - 4:44pm

I meant to type 1963, not 1953

Posted April 24, 2019 - 6:07pm

Thanks Kathy, obviously you have super powers!

Posted April 25, 2019 - 4:44am

May be Bulova Regatta 23 like this

Posted April 25, 2019 - 6:07am

Hi Kathy,

You should have a cape.  I followed the link you provided to the Regatta....they are identical, down to the hands, sweep, crown, numerals, and curve of lugs.  It doesn't show in my photos, but on my example the silver center appears to be slowly turning gold, just like the outer ring.  Neither picture really conveys just how metallic this dial is---almost like gold foil.  I pulled out a couple of others that I will post in a day or two.  One has a super interesting case.  The crystal has a very precise vertical press fit into the case back, with the movement and dial completely enclosed by the back/crystal unit.  Then this unit goes straight up into the case, like a piston into a cylinder.  Extremely precise friction fit.  Have not seen very many watches like it, period.  

The other is a garden variety Sea King with a big crack in the crystal, but it runs well and was one of my first Bulovas.  I have tried to replace the crystal a couple times, but apparently have missed the measurement each time by a smidgen.  perhaps someone more astute than I can enlighten me.

Thanx again


Posted April 25, 2019 - 6:10am

by the way, is there a way for me to upload the picture of the movement for this Regatta? It didn't go through the first time

Geoff Baker
Posted April 25, 2019 - 8:09am

In reply to by gmmy775

You can add it to one of these comment windows, Click the green box in the tool bar and follow the steps to 1. load it to the server, 2. Add it to the comment box

Posted April 25, 2019 - 12:09pm

Agree with Regatta 23

Posted April 25, 2019 - 12:18pm

Agreed, 1963 Regatta 23