Ambassador

Bulova 1940 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1940
Movement Symbol: 
Omega
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
0211091
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

Movement is also stamped  Bulova Watch Co.  "AAA" USA.

Case is stamped "B-10K Gold Filled"

I'm thinking this is an Ambassador A but I'm not certain.

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bsshog40 1939 Bulova 04 03 2015
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1953
Movement Model: 
10bm
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
7053514
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Glass
Additional Information: 

1953?Caseback,10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE,BULOVA,L3.Inside caseback BULOVA FIFTH AVE NEW YORK.Signed Bulova crown.Plain dial with very simple markers and dauphine hands.

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denupnorth 1953 Bulova 02 12 2015
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Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1971 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
unknown
Movement Jewels: 
30
Case Serial No.: 
none
Case shape: 
Other
Crystal Details: 
32.84mm round appears to be acrylic, easily scratched
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova Ambassador.

Automatic.

30 Jewels.

with magnified date window.

case material appears to be stainless steel.

identified as 'waterproof' on back case.

'Bulova' on crown.

'SWISS' appears below the 6 o'clock position on the dial.

original band has been replaced.

I have not had the case off.

This was my father's watch, which he obtained either during his time serving in Vietnam (1967-1968) or sometime shortly afterward, although based upon other pictures and information I have seen, this watch appears to be from the 1970's. 

Edit: talked to my mother about this - she doesn't remember much (anything) about it either, but did say this could have been her uncle's watch since my dad was known NOT to wear jewelery, so it doesn't make sense that he would have bought it himself or that my mother would have bought it as a gift or anything.  That also makes more sense since this watch has much more wear and scratches on it than I would think it would, considering how infreqently my dad would have worn it.

I have no other information about this watch.

However, I am curious if this is even a real Bulova watch, or if it is a fake.

There is no serial number or other date code marking that I can see anywhere on the outside back case.

Also curious is the dial - every picture I have seen of any Ambassador watch of this era, at the 12 o'clock position is the brand 'Bulova' and directly underneath 'Ambassador', and at the 6 o'clock position 'Automatic' and 'XX Jewels' (30 in this case).  However, this watch has 'Bulova' and '30 Jewels' at the 12 o'clock, and 'Ambassador' and 'Automatic' at the 6 o'clock.  The 'Bulova' is also done in raised lettering.

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Bulova Ambassador watch front
Bulova watch

Bulova 1932 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1932
Movement Symbol: 
T
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
601623
Case Serial No.: 
2140490
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I believe this to be the Maxim.  The only ad we have coincides with the watch.

There's an addtional serial number stamped on the back of the case, which is pretty unusual for the year.  It shows:  221807, and you can see it looks like it was stamped after the fact?

It's pretty unusual anyway.

White gold case with etching down the bezel, gold numbers.

The advertisement is from a 1933 newspaper ad.

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1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1953
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6694188
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Outside case back:  10K Rolled Gold Plate, Bulova, L3, 6694188

Inside case back:  Bulova, Fifth Ave, New York

Movement:  10BM  21 jewel, L2, USA

Case deminsions:  40mm lug tip to lug tip,
                                 25.8mm wide not counting crown.
                                 10.1mm thick from center of slightly raised cruved crystal to center of case back.

Dial and movement fit case very well.....but I think I hear wedding bells :)

Can't find an ad match in main ad database or 1950's decade forum thread.

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Bulova 1932 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1932
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
2228452
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Record updated to new owner 2/17/2016

I purchased this watch from plainsman about a year ago. Following are his original comments:

Looked through all of our Ad's and the only thing I can find is the attached ad.  I believe this to be the Ambassador in a two-tone case.

Double date stamped, Shield with a Anchor hand stamp over the top.

This doesn't seem that it's the original bracelet but someone tracked down a pretty nice two tone replacement.

 

 

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Geoffrey Baker 1932 Bulova Ambassador watch 02172016
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
1932 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1936 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1936
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
6231934
Case shape: 
Stepped
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
23.0 X 15.3 aproximately. Measured while in case.
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I want to get your opinion on this one. It's an Ambassador case, but is the movment original? It has the 1936 date code, but it's a 17 jewel.  Only other example of the 36 Ambassador I see on here is George's and his has a 10AN 15 jewel movment.

 

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Bulova watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1953
Movement Model: 
???
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
7137011
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

My Dad recently died and left a drawer full of watches.  One is of interest.
On the back is marked...
10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE
BULOVA
L3

I understand L3 means 1953.

and at the bottom are the numbers...
7137011

I have looked carefully at the 1953 watch images on this site ( Bulova were busy watch makers! ) and i cannot find it, though the Hadley has a somewhat similiar face.

I do not know how to open a watch to see any internal markings.

Any suggestions on the model or value?

It keeps time, including the small second hand, but needs to be wound every day or two.

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GhostFish 1953 Bulova 12 12 14

Bulova 1967 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
Y
Manufacture Year: 
1967
Movement Model: 
12EBACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
I548960
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1967 Ambassador "Y"

movement 12EBACD (Buren1322)

nice overview of Ambassador models from the sixties, I hope do not mind external link

advert is not very readable, here is filtered description, advert is up for grabs on eBay

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1967 Ambassador Y
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Bulova 1956 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
H
Manufacture Year: 
1957
Movement Model: 
8BBA
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
0445721
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Believe this to be a 1957 Ambassador "H".

Mike

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