Bulova 1940 -Unknown

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Curved case measures 37mm lug to lug x 20.5mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Rare Golden Grey Modern style Hour and Minute hands show on an equally rare original Black perimetered Dial with contrasting Golden Grey center, printed exploding Arabic numerals, Bulova logo and tracks. A Golden Grey Modern Seconds Hand shows on a Sub Dial fully obscuring the 6.

Caseback is Gold.

Strap is vintage Pig Leather finished with a Bulova signed Buckle of era.

*Fully serviced and restored 11/2010.

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Wayne Hanley's picture
Wayne Hanley
Posted November 13, 2010 - 5:33pm

Nifty dial!!!!


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Stephen Ollman
Posted November 13, 2010 - 6:10pm

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Same dial type as the 1939 Ambassador "C" but looks to be in a President style case.

A president variant perhaps.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 13, 2010 - 10:37pm

My 'photography' doesn't do this watch any justice, it's a keeper apart from the mall installed crystal, which will be remedied pronto.

WatchCrystals.net's picture
Posted November 13, 2010 - 10:39pm

Nice One, Mark!

Indeed... looks VERY similar to the Ambassador "A" dial, or vice < > versa... (Good' eye, Stephen :-)

And therefore as the President and Ambassador "B" models are the same general dial design... I'd wager that the same holds true, for the "A" models???

And being "21J" from this era... it has to be a President, Royalty, etc. namesake, as par!

I have several crystals in stock, if anyone ever needs one+???


BEST :-)



FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 28, 2010 - 5:09am

Thank You William, President A it is.

Posted November 28, 2010 - 6:13pm

Beautiful dial and it looks like it'll clean up well.

DarkTari's picture
Posted February 22, 2011 - 12:10am

Beautifully Done !

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 22, 2011 - 5:19am


Your appreciation is appreciated.

Thank You.

Posted July 20, 2011 - 11:00pm

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Fifth, I note that you still have this was ID'd as unknown. Is that because we have no supporting evidence at the moment?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted July 21, 2011 - 10:09am


This Watch is not a 1940 'PRESIDENT' as first believed, ads in the database support this conclusion.

The Case does resemble the similar mid/late 1930's 'PRESIDENT' and 'MINUTE MAN' but is not identical, after comparing the Two side by side there are dimensional and lug variations. It also differs slightly from the similar 'LINCOLN' of the same era but is not a match. 

I have relegated the model identification to 'UNKNOWN' pending further research to be presented at a later time.

*as an added note there are Two 17 Jeweled similar 'UNKNOWNS' in the database - time and effort will reveal to Us which model this is.