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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bobbee
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:01pm

Bezel looks narrower in the ad too.
The subject looks like a pop out case type, like the Jet Clipper "A".
Any pics of the back and inside?
And possibly movement, case SN, any other info?

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William Smith
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:09pm

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So the Ambassador "K" does not show up in the price lists untill Fall 1958.  Not listed in any of the 1955 lists, which go up to variant letter "H".
The new model section of the fall 1958 lists shows the "K" having a yellow gold case color.

Further down in this same list, we see several variants of "Ambassador".

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bobbee
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:13pm

Look at those long hands in the ad, and the short hands on the subject.
That's three differences so far, and we have no info but for one frontal pic and the statement "17 jewels".
Not your watch, right?
So we better not hold our breath for more info and pics.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:13pm

obviously 'AMBASSADOR'

as advertised.

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bobbee
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:15pm

Please supply more info, as so far it does not match.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:18pm

Matches in My eyes, are You a panel member?

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William Smith
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:21pm

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Doesn't matter if he's a panel member or not.  The panel just gets to use the various comments/input to help them consider points in their voting.  At least someone is saying something :)  

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William Smith
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:15pm

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yea the bezel width difference is iffy IMO, and I'm not sure the length of the minute hand in the ad would suggest any other model name (or variant of Ambassador for that matter).  The minute track is the big difference I'm seeing, and not sure it scares me off from an Ambassador ID.

I have a feeling the watch isn't around any more, so any new pictures or info may not be possible.  It's an older record.

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bobbee
Posted April 21, 2013 - 5:25pm

Remove it.
BTW, fifthavenue states it is in a waterproof case, advert does not.
Make that four differences from the ad.
Epic fail.

Time Bandit
Posted April 21, 2013 - 6:10pm

Sorry but I tend to agree with Bob. Too many discrepencies to make a solid ID.