Bulova 1966 Date King "E"

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Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Variant: 
E
Manufacture Year: 
1966
Movement Model: 
10COACD
Movement Jewels: 
30
Case Serial No.: 
I882417
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
Movement:  Excellent BULOVA 30 Jewel 10 COACD Automatic movement.
The movement is working fully and keeping great time. Case, Glass & Crown:100% original mid size Stainless Steel case in excellent condition. Stainless Steel back. Date on the back is M6 (1966). The crystal is in excellent condition. Dial & Hands :100% original and near excellent condition silver dial. Near mint condition raised silver markers. Near excellent condition silver hands. Date at 3 in black on white. Size:  Measures 30 mm side to side (excluding crown) and 37 mm lug to lug. Band:  Quality leather band in black crocodile grain.   Any help on what model name this is??? 
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mybulova_admin
Posted March 12, 2012 - 3:43am

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Pretty sure that this will be in the vintage ad section. Have you taken the time to look through the ads?

joeliviero1
Posted March 12, 2012 - 10:59am

I have, but can't find the exact one.

 

My watch is the 30 jewel, with date.  I throught it was a DATE KING.  Look a bit like a commander, but again, not everything connects the dots.  I was looking for someone who had more experience to be able to tell me, but I am finding BULOVAs have some uniqueness to them.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

JOE

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 12, 2012 - 12:03pm

'PRESIDENT'

mybulova_admin
Posted March 13, 2012 - 3:41am

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President would be my call too.

joeliviero1
Posted March 13, 2012 - 5:58pm

Now, what PRESIDENT?  The website mentions different variations.

 

Jim Townsend
Posted March 13, 2012 - 6:03pm

If it was a variation trust me fifth would have known and told you. As would Admin. By the way its a very sweet watch :)

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William Smith
Posted April 15, 2012 - 11:32am

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So the two page red Christmas Ad from 1964 is remarkable.  There is a 17 Jewel President "O" with date complication (below)

The next 1964 ad in DB is the "President 30 jewel calendar watch", showing four models. It's unlikely this ad came out after the red Christmas ad. It could have, but Xmas ad at earliest would be November? 

So in 1964 ads we see 17J and 30J Presidents w/ date complications (calendar watches), w/ the 17J still advertised near year's end.  The cases "look" the same btwn the two.  The 30J was available in 14K, gold fill and Stainless, so it's the jewel count which distinguishes these apart, not jewel count and case metal. 

Joe's question about the 1966 Subject watch variant may not be answered based on this, but should there be a model name "President 30 Jewel" which could be distinguished from the "President 17 Jewel" when they occur in same year?  It's not as spicific as a letter variant, but moreso than just "President"?

I imagine the 17J was discontinued or no longer called President shortly after the 30 Jewel came out.  ...did it become a date king variant w/ same case dimensions so factory didn't have to retool for diff case?  There were some date king w/ similar looking cases around this time (even in the red ad). Case dimensions are useful tools (but lots of work!).  Crystal specs could support this possibility.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 15, 2012 - 11:41am

The ad for the 17 Jeweled 'PRESIDENT' is a typo William.

The discussion is in the forums, somewhere.

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William Smith
Posted April 15, 2012 - 11:52am

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Thanks...I had forgotten this.  Disregard most of my comment above.

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DarHin
Posted April 15, 2012 - 11:55am

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