Bulova 1961 President

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This watch was given to me about 30 years ago by my father who bought lots of watches. I like it because it is compact and light and keeps pretty darn good time. Just spent 6 months getting it "repaired," probably getting cleaned and lubed.

Would like to know what model it is.

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1961 (MI) Bulova uploaded on 7/29/2013
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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted July 29, 2013 - 2:22pm

Manually wound 23 Jewels with a subsiduary Dial is indictive of 'HIS EXCELLENCY' although I've yet to see one quite like this.

ad is 1958 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1958_5.jpg


Posted July 31, 2013 - 10:05am

In running through the ads before posting my watch, I had not seen this one. Definitely seems to fits the bill. This is a thin watch, which is why I wear it to this day. And I did not see many with the separate second hand in those adds. I like it better than my newer Citizen or Bulova watches. Kind of afraid my Harley's shaking might not be too good on it.

Posted July 29, 2013 - 5:45pm

Unknown for now.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 30, 2013 - 5:31am

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I would like to see a larger photo before I make a call on this one. Any chance?

Posted July 31, 2013 - 9:59am

I added some additional pics. With the 150KB limit, it can be a challenge.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 1, 2013 - 5:52am

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I use Nikon View NX2 to edit large digital files. It is, I think, available as a free download. It allows me to resize (it's called 'Convert' in the application) to the pixel size requirements of the site while maintaining a higher resolution.  The editing tools are very easy to use as well.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 1, 2013 - 5:56am

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This is a cool watch. I assumed that the unique lugs would make it easy to identify but alas, I find no match in our ad db either. I'm going with "Unknown" for now.  The '23' designation is tempting as Bulova was marketing that line late fifties as well but nothing quite like this beauty.

Posted August 1, 2013 - 5:15pm

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Gent's, I'm thinking " President " variant yet unknown. Fits the bill for the thin Pres line of the period.

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Posted August 2, 2013 - 5:28am

Good call Shawn! Case design is the same.

ad is 1960 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1960_3.jpg


Posted August 3, 2013 - 7:43am

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I believe His Excellency also fits the bill.

1958 Bulova His Excellency