Bulova 1949 His Excellency

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
Movement Symbol: 
48 (A8)
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Crystal Details: 
Rectangular/Flat. Bezel Dimensions 21.3x17.3
Additional Information: 

Overall Length: 37.7mm

Width: 21.2mm

Inside Lugs: 15.8mm

Solid 14KYG

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 9:01pm


Is the case back actually stamped A9 or 49??

It looks like all of the 1949 watches in the known/unknown database that show the back are stamped.

The serial number starts to get real fuzzy after 1946, so I don't know if that alone can be 100% from '46 on...

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 9:25pm

There's no separate date code on the back. It is the absence of one that prompted me to make the change. Also, the serial #'s on the other HE's dated prior to 1950, without date code, are consistent with the old scheme. I'm aware that it is a small sampling but I'm confident.


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William Smith
Posted July 23, 2012 - 3:57am

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DarHin  I found this 1948 His Excellency on my bench (almost UU except for dial). Note the case back is date coded 48 and has SN 006130.  Mvnt is also 48.  I have seen others which have this conflicting date code to first digit of case SN for 1948...I just don't remember how many.

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 4:32am

I notice that the serial # of your example has only 5 digits. I haven't done a study of other examples but it would seem that the 48 takes the place of the first "date" digit of the serial #. If the "48" were missing it's possible that the serial # for your watch would be 8006130.

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William Smith
Posted July 23, 2012 - 8:48am

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I like that idea....I'll check it out as I go thru examples.