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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Posted August 7, 2013 - 10:34am

Not knowing diddly about watches - other than I have worn  and  lost a few - why would the His Excellency not be the likely candidate over the The President? I don't see any indication that the President has a subsidiary second hand (got that term from a previous poster).

Oh, I am guessing the missing 6 o'clock is just that, missing. I can't recall when it was lost.


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Reverend Rob
Posted August 7, 2013 - 3:10pm

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The ads showing HE have different dials, with a centre 'pan' and textured outer ring. 

Posted August 7, 2013 - 11:40pm

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I want to check to see if all Presidents (or most) were center sweep hands or not which might help with this ID.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 8, 2013 - 6:17am

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I'm "Unknown" on this watch. The uniqueness of the lugs is keeping me from the HE and President.

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Posted August 8, 2013 - 6:48pm

Several published variants of the 1960  'PRESIDENT' had a sub Dial.



The question would be do We see the 23 Jewel 'HIS EXCELENCY' of era advertised post 1959.

Tentative 'PREZ'



Posted August 14, 2013 - 8:52am

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Yes we do. Have an advert dated December 1960 for a 23 His Excellency.

Posted August 28, 2013 - 6:47pm

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Unknown for now.

Posted September 3, 2013 - 8:45am

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Yeah the more I look at it the more inclinded I am to go with a President variant. It has that look about it.

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Posted July 15, 2014 - 5:14am

This was the mid-late fifties dial for the HE's.


1958 Bulova His Excellency


Here is the 1961 Dial for the HE's. The outer ring effect is gone. so I would say the OP's watch is a His Excellency, not a President.

One tick as this watch stands from me.


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William Smith
Posted December 14, 2014 - 6:09pm

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One tick from me for Prez