Bulova 1949 His Excellency

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Model ID rating explained.
2.406
Manufacture Year: 
1949
Movement Symbol: 
49 (A9)
Movement Model: 
7 AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
1081400
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Additional Information: 

White Gold Filled Case measures 39mm lug to lug x 21mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Original Butler finish Dial shows Black printed Arabic Numerals, Bulova Excellency Signature and tracks. Hour and Minute Hands are Black Index style and a Black Index style Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial fully obscuring the 6.

Crown is signed Bulova.

Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown.

 

Restored 2010.

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GVP
Posted November 8, 2010 - 8:21am

This looks like the Tuxedo model

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 15, 2010 - 10:07am

Thanks to GJ Watches for helping identify this watch.

bourg01
Posted November 17, 2010 - 4:14pm

Panel Member

If the case is 14K Gold then it is a Tuxedo, if it's gold filled then it depends which year it is dated for. It could be an Ambassadorm or an Excellency GG.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 21, 2010 - 7:18pm

Thank You Shawn.

RGB
Posted November 29, 2010 - 10:51pm

That's one of my favourite lug designs. It really stands out. Great job Mark.

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Stephen Ollman
Posted November 30, 2010 - 12:41am

Club 5000Panel Member

Its not an Ambassador, unless the dial in incorrect.

I say it is indeed an His Excellency "GG"

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Posted November 30, 2010 - 4:02pm

Stephen,

Yes. The Ambassdor model, although very similar, had the odd numerals omitted from the dial face replaced by raised dot markers. Dial is untouched original.

 

RGB,

Thank You very much.

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Stephen Ollman
Posted November 30, 2010 - 6:55pm

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Another dead give away that its not an 'Ambassador' is the simple fact that it has 'Excellency' written on the dial.

:-)

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Posted November 30, 2010 - 7:50pm

Stephen, that too, although I own a 1949 Excellency UU with the exact dial (different color) minus the word Excellency! http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1949-his-excellency-uu-696

From a reliable source: The Excellency GG was not released until 1949. 1948 and prior it was known as The Ambassador.

So, although this Excellency GG is dated 1948 twice yet sports the 1949 dial design (not available in 1948) the only logical assumption to be reached is the movement and case used were leftover inventory. Not an uncommon practice performed by Bulova.

Here's an image of the 1948 Ambassador:

GVP
Posted December 17, 2010 - 7:39am

 The Excellency XX was also made without the word Excellency on the dial as can be found is some adverts.  Whilst going through the adverts I did notice that the Excellency UU did also go by another name at somepoint but damned if I can find it now.