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i found a bulova 23 wrist watch mixed in with some yard sale items and want to know if its worth anything. i've tried searching for it online, but no luck! if anyone can help, i would appreciate it very much! thank you!!

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Comment by charlene holsinger on June 23, 2010 at 10:58am
there is an n6 on the back of the watch. so, i put bulova n6 in the search to see if i could find something more about it. all the pages that came up, referred to 1976.
Comment by benita teague on June 22, 2010 at 2:11pm
are you sure about that? this type of style generally comes from the 1950's and earlier. by the way, the 23 stands for 23 jewels, in case you didn't know. the jewels put in back then were generally tiny rubies, and even though i don't quite understand why or how, it had something to do with preventing the gears from wearing out. watches these days are quartz, (battery operated) and your average watch has no jewels at all. but these old jeweled wind up gear watches will last forever if you take care of them.
Comment by charlene frances holsinger on June 21, 2010 at 4:31pm
actually my husband had went to an auction and it was in a box of miscellaneous items that he had bid on. we've had it about 3 years and i've never worn it..i'm really not much of a jewelry person. i've tried to find a similiar watch on ebay, but have had no luck. i did find out that it is from 1976.
Comment by benita teague on June 19, 2010 at 6:34pm
well, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it?
Comment by charlene frances holsinger on June 19, 2010 at 5:41pm
thank you so much for the information..sounds like you know what you are talking about! lol i did check the back of the watch and it is 10k rolled gold plated. it may not be valuable, but it is a very pretty piece of jewelry and in very good condition! i will clean it up like you suggested and may hold on to it! thanks again!! charlene
Comment by benita teague on June 19, 2010 at 3:04pm
also, i forgot to mention, if it works, it doesn't matter what the value is. you have a beautiful antique watch from a bygone era, and be thrilled by the fact that you have enough class to appreciate when ladies were real ladies, and were classy and feminine. you just don't see stuff like this anymore. i have several of these, and love them all. i buy grabbags of watches all the time, and run across these quite frequently. however, one of them i found was a zodiac, and imagine my shock when i looked on back and just saw 14K, and that was it!!! come to find out, i had come across a solid 14k gold watch, bracelet and all. and at gold prices these days, i really got my money's worth! lol!!! and more important, it works!!! it is a gorgeous 14k white gold antique watch, and nothing thrills me more than to wind it up and listen to it tick! i would never sell this watch for just gold value. i'm not that desperate for money. when i find the right buyer that can appreciate a beautiful antique work of art, then i MAY consider selling it. in the meantime, i am very happy wearing it on an occasional basis.
but i can tell you from your pic, and the rust where the diamond chips are, that that is not gold. but the front of it may be. and especially if it works, clean it up, get the rust off, and you have a classy watch that makes a statement. the band looks like an old american made speidel band,and back in those days, bulova was a swiss watch. now it's a japanese brand.
Comment by benita teague on June 19, 2010 at 2:52pm
hi. i get into watches as a hobby, and i can tell you from what i learned talking with watch experts, these antique ladies watches are worthless, unfortunately. if if was a MAN'S watch, that would be a whole different story. but unfortunately, to watch collectors, women's watches were considered jewelry, and so has no value for antiques, except your own personal love of them. from what i have been told, the only value is the gold weight. look on the back. if it says 10K or 14K rolled gold plate, or gold filled, or g.f. as it is known, then it is totally worthless. and it should have 2 descriptions. it will mention what the case, or bezel is made of, and the back. for example, on the back, if it says 14k, and that's it, that will mean the whole case and back, and possibly even the bracelet part is solid 14k gold. if the says something like 14k g.f. bezel, base metal back, then that means the front of the case is only gold filled, and the back is some type of cheap metal. i have one almost exactly like this that says 10k rolled gold plate bezel, stainless steel back. and if it's hard to see, look at the back, very top, up by the lugs. let me know what you find out. huggles, benita

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