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Since the 1950s Bulova has used a 2 digit date code, usually on the back below the serial number. The letter is the decade (L= '50s, M='60s, N=70s, etc.) and the number is the year. For example, a Bulova with a date code of M3 was made in 1963, one with N0 was made in 1970, and so on. Prior to the 1950s, it's more complicated.
Bulova began using a series of codes in the late 40's to date watches, look on your case for a letter followed by a number,the letter designates the decade,A=40's,L=50's,M=60's,.N=70's,P=80's,T=90's and the following number designates the year, an example would be,M4 would indicate 1964. Hope this helps,the serial numbers are used for identification purposes only
Most of the time you can find the serial and or model number on the first link that is attached to the case of the watch on the back. Often there is a serial number on the back of the case itself. If not in any of these locations you may have to open the case and look on the inside of the case. Be careful with opening case, if you're not comfortable opening the case yourself take it to a reputable jeweler. If there are no serials on the watch it is probably a knockoff or replica.
Hi. If you take a tiny screwdriver (one that you might use to screw a screw into an eyeglass and run it gently around the back you will feel an indentation where you can insert the tip and pop open the back. The battery is easy to access but trying to get the back back on is the problem! Good Luck.