Bulova 1941 Lone Eagle

6/10 votes
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 1941 Bulova Unknown 17J 10AX movement, Clean 10K RGP Bezel and Stainless Back, Nice Off White Dial and Gold hands, B/R 12K Gold Filled Band. Very Nice Good Running Watch!


This watch was previously ID'd as a Ambassador "A", but after acquiring a 1939 Ambassador and compairing the two, it belongs in the unknown catagory for now until another  Lone Eagle "A" ad shows up. ;-)

* Photo update 11-13-11

Case & crystal dimensions  41'  Unknown

Lug to Lug, 37.2mm

Length, 28.6

Between lugs, 8mm

Width without crown, 24.8

Crystal Groove, 23.8 X 17.8mm Curved both ways

Crystal, 23.7 X 17.7mm Curved both ways

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 10:22am


The new one is an Ambassador, 21J, 1939, shown in this 1939 ad.

Right down to the original band.

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 10:41am

I'd say - nice find!

17 Jeweled models of this era / design are not 'AMBASSADORS' - I think they're all advertised as 21 Jewels, someone correct Me if I'm wrong.

(M) 'COMMODORE' - ad Dated 1942.

Posted April 17, 2011 - 11:11am

No doubt this watch was designed for a bracelet style band, only 8mm between the lugs, and 10mm on the Ambassador model. Must have been hard to find a good looking replacement band for these.

Posted April 17, 2011 - 11:24am

So now we're going to ID on jewel count alone, even if the case is obviously an exact match?  It's simply not possible that the watch could have been issued with a different movement?  Maybe issued somewhere else, or maybe a lower cost option that wasn't advertised? 

Neither the Montgomery nor the Commodore is a match on anything other than jewel count.

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 11:22am


If You read the 'COMMODORE' ad it is designed for both types, hence the additional machined ring around the lugs, to help stabilize a Leather strap, if used.

Posted April 17, 2011 - 11:26am

Even without the additional ring, the lugs do not match.

Posted April 17, 2011 - 12:25pm

It looks like the Commodore has tiny style 90 degree lugs more like the President's of the era, these lugs on both watches are thick, 2.5mm on the unknown and 2.7 on the Ambassador.

How would you get a Leather strap installed when the lug width is so large and the space between is so small?

Posted April 17, 2011 - 11:42am

OT - Have you considered the possibility that your watch on the left (in the first comparison shot--the larger one) is an Ambassador "C" and the subject watch is an Ambassador "A"?  I have both, and the "A" is significantly smaller.


Posted April 17, 2011 - 12:20pm

It would seem weird (at least to me that Bulova would have made both a 17J and 21J Ambassador between 1939-41.

Is your "A" a 17J or a 21J?

I have not found an ad the shows the Ambassador with a 17J movement.

Posted April 17, 2011 - 12:32pm

True, but I suspect we don't have all the ads.  I think we also have assumed that Bulova didn't list every variation of every watch in the ads--at least that has been the opinion of the forum in previous discussions.  Not to mention the fact that, as someone pointed out yesterday, we only have the US ads.

Until I found an ad for a 15 jewel Craftsman the other day, it was very confidently asserted that all Craftsmans were 21 jewels.