The original "Presentation Watch"

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There has been talk of the Lone Eagle being the first Bulova Presentation Watch, but wasn't the President model the first?

Here is the earliest mention of the Bulova presentation watch I can find, September 6, 1925. The next mention of the new President model is six days later, and has no picture.

 This is "the same model as President Coolidge presented to Bucky Harris", another ad from the same paper dated to September 11, 1925 says "is an exact replica as the one presented.."etc.

 

  Daily Ardmoreite, Oklahoma Sept. 6, 1925.

 

         

 

Nothing like the President model as we know it, is it?

So this is the presentation model, and the one Bulova released "in honour" of this watch is the one we know of.

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bobbee
Posted June 15, 2014 - 7:12am

Also came across this statement in another 1925 ad that cannot be downloaded, but found it interesting.

Here is a link to it: http://newspaperarchive.com/us/new-mexico/roswell/roswell-daily-record/1...

"BULOVA DIALS Are made of Sterling platinum finish The numerals are baked hard enamel The dials can be cleaned and polished and numerals will not wash off Bulova will always retain their finish."
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bobbee
Posted June 15, 2014 - 2:38pm

Looks like the one.

 

mybulova_admin
Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:07pm

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Yep that would be the watch. Nice find.

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Reverend Rob
Posted June 15, 2014 - 7:22pm

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The dials might have been cleanable in 1925, but silver oxide coming through the coating many years later is not. Even the 'baked' enamel can and will come off, and any silvered dial, which Bulova used in later years, is uncleanable in the real sense. 

mybulova_admin
Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:05pm

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I've had no trouble cleaning many of the 1920s dials I've had. They have for the best part all had the baked numbers as detailed in Bobbee's post above. Seems tough as nails.

 

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bobbee
Posted November 3, 2014 - 4:11am

I was looking on the NAWCC wrist watch forum, and saw this thread.

http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?118212-Coolidge-to-Stanley-Harris-Bulova

He found the watch in a dealer's lot 25 years ago!

Here is Coolidge presenting the watch to Harris, May 4th 1925.

 

 

Amazing, and here is the watch found by the OP Kevin Scott.

 

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bobbee
Posted November 3, 2014 - 4:37am

This watch looks more like the Senator model, much more apt!

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bobbee
Posted November 3, 2014 - 11:58am

Not a Senator, but an "Executive" model.

The case dates to 1924, here is an internal pic. The private internal inscription makes this more believable, as Harris appears to have been friends with Coolidge. The President even went to Harris's wedding, not something you would expect unless they were close.

 

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Reverend Rob
Posted November 3, 2014 - 12:38pm

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Now why did someone deliberately scratch that caseback?

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bobbee
Posted November 3, 2014 - 1:43pm

I wonder too Rob. One can let the imagination run, and come up with several things.