Ambassador

Bulova 1972 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1972
Movement Model: 
unk
Movement Jewels: 
30
Case Serial No.: 
1- 389002
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Flat Top Acrylic
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Not much doubt this is an Ambassador; the question is, how do we catagorize it? Medallion case back with serial number starting with "1 - " as well as clamshell say it's an International model. Every 30 jewel Ambassador in the database has a variation of this unique back as well as a similar s/n.and we have no ads for this configuration (30 jewel).

My thoughts are that 30 Jewel Ambassadors were all produced in Europe for the Non-US market.; hence, no ads in US publications. Face on this one is marked Swiss, and the 30 jewel movements for US watches were all US "in house" produced , and the top of the line. Face marking suggests movement was produced in Switzerland.

Case back is dated N2, which matches box style (which I have never seen in green or marked as this one is.) Watch is an open through the crystal and I'm not confident enough to open it up.

My thoughts are that similar Ambassadors with a 30 jewel movement and European style serial number should be called out as either "Ambassador - International (variant)" or "International - Ambassador (variant)". It seems they should get their own sub-catagory and be grouped together until we determine if they had European advertised variant letters.

"International Line" vs. "International LTD" also comes into play. Ad referenced is way off by date (1965 vs. 1972) but at least helps confirm the premise for my theory.

Panel thoughts?

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1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1942 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Model: 
-
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Movement Serial No.: 
-
Case Serial No.: 
2618803
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Crystal Details: 
crystal missing
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Best guess is 1947 based on family history

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1947 Bulova Ambassador watch
1947 Bulova watch

Bulova 1964 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1964
Movement Model: 
12EBACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
No Serial Number
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Other
Crystal Details: 
32MM DOMED ROUND WITH CYCLOPS
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I picked this watch up in a box of old watches.   It is a Bulova Ambassador micro rotor.   It has a 12EBACD movement with the date code of M5.  The case back has the case code of M4.   What makes this one interestring is that the dial reads Automatic and not Self Winding like the other Ambassadors.   It is not running and is missing the outer crown stem and crown and possible a inner ring as the move is a bit loose in the case.  It measures 35mm.   The case back is marked Stainless Steel, Swiss, CB,  506 and M4.  The back says Bulova Waterproof with a dancing female. The dial has applied Bulova and printed Ambassador, Automatic and Swiss.  

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1964 Bulova Ambassador watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch

Bulova 1939 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
9418567
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
High Dome appears original
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

21 Jewel 1939 has me a bit puzzled. There were a multitude of watches that looked similar in this time period. Band apears that it could be original and would have been factory equipment on an Ambassador A. I thought at first it might be a Oxford/Montgomery, but the face is slightly different if you look closely at the "0" and "2"s. The Oxford and Montgomery models has a "0" with a slight peak on top and "2's" that were more blocky without the flourish at top and on foot. They were also 17 jewels; this one is a 21 like the Ambassador and Eagle. Lugs appear too smooth to be an American Eagle.

I found a couple ads in the short ad section that are from the same year picturing a watch referred to only as a "Bulova 21". Ads seem to indicate that this was a model name, although there isn't an example in the database. Ads appear to show a face identical to subject watch.

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1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1954 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1954
Movement Model: 
10BT
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
7368374
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
GS CMT325-5 23.2 x 20.6mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova Ambassador "B"

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1954 Bulova Ambassador "B" watch with water buffalo straps
1954 Bulova watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
E
Manufacture Year: 
1953
Movement Model: 
10BT
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
-
Case Serial No.: 
5941497
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I think this may be an Ambassador. This belongs to a customer and is not slated for any work, just recording the watch for posterity.

17j 10BT from the AS 1200 ebauche.

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1958 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch

Bulova 1946 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
8302111
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1946 Ambassador

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1946 Ambassador Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1965 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
12EBAC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
none
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Other
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

1965 Bulova Ambassador

Case is all stainless steel; inside of caseback is stamped CB (Central Watch Case Co., of Biel, Switzerland), case# 501, dated M5, no case serial number; Ambassador on the dial, luminous hands and dots at each marker; micro-rotor 17-jewel version Swiss made 12EBAC selfwinding movement; added a nice vintage Bulova leather strap.

No Matching ads found

 

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1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
C
Manufacture Year: 
1953
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
5700909
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

1953 Bulova Ambassador 'C'

Case is 10K RGP with a stainless steel back, dated L3; nice two-toned dial with applied markers and gilt hands; USA made 17-jewel 10BM manual-wind movement also dated L3; original expansion band marked Bulova; Roman numerals engraved inside of case match last three of s/n 909; has the display boxes, warranty card, and small medallion.

1953 Ad

 

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1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1937 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1937
Movement Symbol: 
Arrow
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
5215444
Case shape: 
Stepped
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Original Glass Crystal
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Long Term Restoration Project which is believed to be a Bulova "Ambassador" Model from 1937 (arrow symbol on 10AE 17J Movement) 10K Gold Filled Hinge Case, White Dial with Gold Hands

Bracelet is a 1940's USA made Peerless Gold Filled Expansion

Time & Again 

John V. 

JEV1A

 

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1937 Ambassador Model Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch