Bulova 1957 Ambassador

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1957
Movement Model: 
8 BBA
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
C481907
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case measures 37mm lug to lug x 32mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Butler finish Dial shows applied Gilt Hour markers, Bulova signature with 'Selfwinding' insignia below are printed in Black.

Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Index style and a Gilt Index Seconds Hand shows on a Cross-Hair sub Dial above the 6.

17 Jewel Swiss Automatic Movement is encompassed by a shock absorbing ring.

The Glass is retained by a press fit bezel, Caseback is stamped as shown.

Vintage dispaly ad is Dated 1957.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted March 6, 2011 - 8:37pm

A 1955 Ad displays what looks like the black dial equivalent to the above watch.

Nah that don't work! With a sub-seconds bit yet!

Wayne

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 26, 2011 - 7:03am

Wayne,

Yep, gets really confusing.

'AIR CLIPPER' ?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 29, 2012 - 9:36pm

Resurrecting this one and will add new images: 17 Jewel self-winder with a sub dial in a waterproof case dated 1957.

go figure

 

Do We have any ideas on what this one may be yet?

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bobbee
Posted April 30, 2012 - 2:45am

Possibly President "G" or "P", from the ads page 9 image 10. very low res but hands look same ditto case & dial ?

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bobbee
Posted April 30, 2012 - 2:54am

Also poss. recased 1960 Pesident W/ cat-ear lugs, image 12, page 10. Dial, hands and jewel count match. 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 30, 2012 - 5:31am

1956 - '60 'PRESIDENT' was Manual winding.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 21, 2013 - 4:28pm

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William Smith
Posted April 21, 2013 - 4:31pm

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Watch ID to be reviewed in light of new ad linked above.  
Looks like it matches the 1957 Ambassador "K" ad to me.

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bobbee
Posted April 21, 2013 - 4:46pm

No inner minutes track in the ad.
Does not quite match.

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William Smith
Posted April 21, 2013 - 4:52pm

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Yea I saw that, but didn't know if the inner minute track would necessarily hamper a tentative ID based on other factors.... I'm still good with 1957 Ambassador, and would be good w/ a "K" since it's the closest ad we have for most attributes of the watch.  Could be something other than the "K" but we don't have conflicting ads stating otherwise .... I don't think we do?