BULOVA SERIAL NUMBERS

There are many Bulova watches with serial numbers.  However, these numbers are for identification purposes only.  There are no number tables that I am aware of to cross reference the date of manufacture with the serial number.  The serical numbers were simply for identification purposes only.

In the late 40's Bulova began using a series of codes to denote the manufacture date. 

Interestingly, the code system is well documented from L and on...however, I have recently come across some 1940's watches with the code "A8" and "A9".  These watches were also engraved with the owners name and the date- 1948 and 1949 respectively.   These must have been the first years that Bulova implemented it's new dating system.  Who knows why they jumped from A to L...?

O was skipped - they used P for 1980's.  QRS were skipped and T was used for 1990's. Who knows why...WEIRD!


A8 = 1948
A9 = 1949
L1=1951
L2=1952
L3=1953
L4=1954
L5=1955
L6=1956
L7=1957
L8=1958
L9=1959
M0=1960
M1=1961
M2=1962
M3=1963
M4=1964
M5=1965
M6=1966
M7=1967
M8=1968
M9=1969
N0=1970
N1=1971
N2=1972
N3=1973
N4=1974
N5=1975
N6=1976
N7=1977
N8=1978
N9=1979
P0=1980
P1=1981
P2=1982
P3=1983
P4=1984
P5=1985
P6=1986
P7=1987
P8=1988
P9=1989
T0=1990
T1=1991
T2=1992
T3=1993
T4=1994
T5=1995
T6=1996
T7=1997
T8=1998
T9=1999

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