Neat Jigsaw Puzzle

Here is a item I purchased from a Jewlers estate that had been in storage for many years.

After opening it I found that it was like Christmas... many items to unwrap

Jigsaw Puzzle!

The Big parts look easy, but this is beyond my paygrade...

Lucky I found this site a couple of months back, I knew where to turn, as my local guy seems to only want to cobble with Pocket watches.

Presenting the 1950 Bulova "His Excellency M" 21J 8AD New Old Stock, in near mint condition with some assembly required!

The case and band show no wear and only some slight tarnishing from being packed away for 60 years, the crystal is chipped along the inside edge like it was damaged when removed, and the packet states that it needs a foot jewel...maybe a watch that was used to repair a customers, or one that quality control missed at the factory?

I have a new Glass Crystal on the way and will be polishing up the case while the hard part will be left up to Mike (timemachines) to solve the difficult (to me anyway) part of the puzzle.

I will post the final product in My Watches when completed.

Posted February 6, 2011 - 2:43pm

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Great boogily woogily!!  That is a SWEEEEEEEEEET find Ticker!  Wow.... i'm jealous guy.  Good goin!

Posted February 6, 2011 - 3:10pm

Thanks Plains,

Now to find a period correct watch box for this one... I think the Dark Blue/Gold Plastic type were used for the 50's watches except for the Academy Award watches.

Will have to do some research into this.

Posted February 6, 2011 - 4:02pm

It looks nice, You might want to pack the balance in a seperate container as it looks like the stud end of the hairspring is a little tweeked. This is common when a guy puts all the part together and then moves them around. Think what it would do in the mail!  LOL, I have lots of these movements for parts.

It will be Sweet when done.  Mike.

Posted February 6, 2011 - 8:19pm

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I love putting these puzzels back together, especially when all the pieces are there.

How are all the staff ends?

Posted February 7, 2011 - 6:07am

 Strange this is noted as the Excellency M whe it was also the Excellency SS....different dial maybe? Looks later than the SS which was aound 43-46 i think

Posted February 7, 2011 - 10:33pm

It looks like the case size was slightly different, the MM takes a MX2165 and the SS takes a MX2160 crystal according to the 1951 BB catalog.

It also looks like the curvature on the MM is not as sharp near the edge as the SS model.

Posted February 7, 2011 - 7:54am

Or maybe different movement! That little ETA made 8A must have been the cheapest thing Bulova could find at the time.

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Posted February 7, 2011 - 8:11am


1950 Presentation Box:

Posted February 7, 2011 - 10:16pm

Thanks Mark,

Now I know what to look for!