His Excellency

Bulova 1947 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1947
Movement Symbol: 
47
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
9117666
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
26.3 MM
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1947 (movement dated) Bulova unknown, 21J 10AK movement with a '47 date stamp, 10K White Gold filled bezel and case with no date stamp, Charcoal dial with Silver applied numbers & Silver hands, Kreisler Quality .025 Gold content mesh butterfly clasp band.

I am unsure what this is, a Excellency would be my first guess, but Princeton also comes to mind...It could have the dial refinished, and if I would have had a set of hands, I would have replaced them.

Is it a model, or is it a Non-conforming?

**Update Supporting ad dated 1948

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Bulova 1951 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
KK
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
7AA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
4450462
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Domed from lugs to lugs - Glass 18 X22 mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

10 kt Gold filled case with L1   Excellency under Bulova on Dial.   Champio band.  

Identifiaction would be most appreciated

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Bulova 1957 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1958
Movement Model: 
10BP
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
C884574
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I decided "C" over "EW" because variant "C" specifies precision adjustments where "EW" does not. Movement has 6 Adjustments

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Bulova 1951 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
QQ
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
3765303
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

hello i just picked up this beautiful his excellency QQ today..i bought it from the local flea market it for a great price.....the watch is near mint other than a little spotting on the dial everthing else is fine..the case itself it perfect doesn't even really need to be buffed..also i'd bet my life that this watch has the original band,since it matches the case so very well...the movement is the 10bm and is 21j...here are some pics...

 

Edit 2012/08/04  Date code L1 on case back and on movement. 

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Bulova 1949 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
CC
Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
2590867
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

"His Excellency"CC". Found this on Ebay, but when i went to get more info from seller, it had gone. Put the movement as 7AK as most Excellencies had this one in at this time.

Thought I would put it up as we have no actual pics in the DB

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Bulova 1957 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1958
Movement Model: 
10BP
Movement Jewels: 
23
Movement Serial No.: 
none I can see
Case Serial No.: 
C983193
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
round crystal
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova watch, dated coded "L8" on the back for 1958 year of manufacture. This model was known as the "His Excellency" and was likely one of the highest grade watches that Bulova offered at the time. It is basically a round watch, but has highly decorative curved lugs, and an engine turned dial that overall gives this watch a very "retro modern" look that was popular at the time. The back is engraved "Richard Baltis Outstanding Electrical Apprentice 1968" and it looks at though Mr. Baltis hardly ever wore the watch. The 10 year age difference between when the watch was made (1958) and when it was given to Mr. Baltis (1968) is easy to explain: It was not uncommon for watches back in those days to sit around in a jewelry store for 5, 10, or even more years before they were sold.

 

Specifics: Case measures 40.5mm high lug to lug by 34mm wide, not including crown. The case on this watch is designed so that that movement lifts out through the front of the watch rather than the back. The case of the watch is designed more or less as a "cup" which holds the movement. The bezel acts as a lid that snaps onto the case with considerable effort. A gasket between the case and the bezel acts as a barrier to help keep out dust and moisture; however this watch should NOT be considered water resistant and should NOT be submerged in water under any circumstances. This despite the fact that the watch is enscribed "WATERPROOF" on the back of the watch by the factory.

Case is 10kt yellow rolled gold plate, front and back. Case is in excellent condition. All gold plate is intact with no brassing or splitting of metal. The inside case back is enscribed "Bulova Fifth Ave. New York." The outside surface of the back, in addition to containing the personalized engraving, and the WATERPROOF is enscribed from the factory with the case serial number of C983193, and also PATENT PENDING.

Dial is in excellent to near mint original condition for its age. Vibrant colors of white and gold, and containing a beautiful engine turning at the outer edge, which contains alternating markers and Arabic numerals.

Crown is the original signed, and in excellent functioning condition.

Crystal appears to be the original acrylic and in excellent condition with no scratches or cracks.

Movement: The 23 jewel manual winding movement, and is a Caliber 10BP. I believe this is an unusual movement in that most Bulova 23 jewel calibers were automatic movements and not manual winding. This is a manual winding, and appears to be of superior quality and adjusted 6 times for position, heat, cold, and isochronism. I do not find a serial number on the movement, but it is date coded L8 to match the date enscribed on the case. The movement sets and winds perfectly. Movement runs at time of listing, but not known when the movement was last serviced.

Band: Used but good condition generic leather band attached as seen

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Bulova 1946 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1947
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
7140575
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Fully serviced and running strong.

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Bulova 1950 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
FF
Manufacture Year: 
1950
Movement Symbol: 
49 (A9)
Movement Model: 
7AP
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
1628110
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

There's not to many of this "FF" model out there and in fact only two in our database.  This watch was recently redone in a black dial with blued hands and lumi numbers. 

The pictures don't do it justice.  It's a very classy men's watch with an evening feel.

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Bulova 1948 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1948
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
8111295
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Additional Information: 

After some homework in the archives, I think this one is an American Eagle, but not sure if it's a variant, there's another in the database which matches it. The square datecode is under the balannce. Fully serviced, the dial is a but grubby, and there is some brassing on a few high spots on the case. 21 jewels, and Breguet Overcoil. Due to excessive running in the past with no service, we have some sideshake issues which make for a variation of over 50 seconds in three positions. It keeps good time on the wrist, and after 24 hours showed only an 18 second gain. As always, what it says on the timing machine and what it does in practice are two different things. 

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Bulova 1957 His Excellency

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
E
Manufacture Year: 
1958
Movement Model: 
10BP
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
D183580
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

White Gold Case measures 41mm lug to lug x 34.5mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Original Black Dial with phonograph finish center shows a combination of appiled Numerals, Hour markers and Bulova signature. 23 Jewel and Waterproof insignias are printed in White.

Hour and Minute Hands are White Index style and an Index style Seconds Hand shows on a recessed Cross-Hair sub Dial at the 6 O'Clock position.

Crown is signed Bulova.

Caseback is White Gold and stamped as shown.

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