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Bulova 1939 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1939

Movement Symbol: 

Shield

Movement Model: 

10AE

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

9409741

Case shape: 

Other

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Plastic domed crystal

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This is a recent acquistion from ebay.  It appears to be a 1939 Ambassador with the etched bezel. It has the original bracelet and is in excellent condition.    It has a 10AE movement with the sheild date code.  It is 10KT yellow gold filled with a ivory dial with raised cold hour markers.  The watch was advertised for repair and it only needed a new mainspring which I had.  It is now running quite well.  My favorite part is the engraving on the back.  Mother to Paul 1939.  

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1939 Bulova Ambassador watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1966 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1966

Movement Model: 

12EBA

Movement Jewels: 

30

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

1 469231

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Recently purchased at auction, I fell in love with the look of this watch - just the classic style I was looking for.

Propose Model:

1966 Ambassador

Automatic

30 Jewels

Waterproof

 

Case material was x-ray tested by the auction house to be 18ct gold

Case Date code M6

 

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1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch

Bulova 1936 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1936

Movement Symbol: 

Circle

Movement Model: 

10AE

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

6514898

Case shape: 

Stepped

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Glass - appears original

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

 I'm going to say this is a 1936 Ambassador. Movement dated 1934, case s/n starts with a 6. Watch looks like it was seldom if ever worn. Engraving is crisp, no signs of plating wear or even scratches from normal use. Band appears to be the original and is in the same spotless condition. Face shows one rub in the "5" corner, otherwise about perfect. Crystal is glass and has a couple very light small scratches under magnification. 

The tops of the steps closest to the sides of the crysal retain their original satin finish, while the rest of the case is high polish.

Movement is super clean with the exception of one rust area around one screw. It's almost appears that someone lost a drop of sweat when assembling the watch and it laid in the cup on top of the gear for a while with the watch laying face down. Watch doesn't show any signs it was ever apart or serviced. Curious to say the least. 

Interior of hinged case inscribed "Bulova Fifth Avenue New York" No jeweler's marks. Currently keeping perfect time.

I opened the package this came in and thought "wow, where have you been hiding?". It is literally the finest unrestored original Bulova from the 1930's that wasn't verified NOS that I have ever encountered.

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1936 Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
1936 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1957 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

G

Manufacture Year: 

1957

Movement Model: 

8BBA

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

C679897

Case shape: 

Square

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Engraved:. WM Garant From Mother 12-25-61

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1957 Bulova Ambassador G watch
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch

Bulova 1972 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1972

Movement Model: 

unk

Movement Jewels: 

30

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

1- 389002

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Flat Top Acrylic

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Not much doubt this is an Ambassador; the question is, how do we catagorize it? Medallion case back with serial number starting with "1 - " as well as clamshell say it's an International model. Every 30 jewel Ambassador in the database has a variation of this unique back as well as a similar s/n.and we have no ads for this configuration (30 jewel).

My thoughts are that 30 Jewel Ambassadors were all produced in Europe for the Non-US market.; hence, no ads in US publications. Face on this one is marked Swiss, and the 30 jewel movements for US watches were all US "in house" produced , and the top of the line. Face marking suggests movement was produced in Switzerland.

Case back is dated N2, which matches box style (which I have never seen in green or marked as this one is.) Watch is an open through the crystal and I'm not confident enough to open it up.

My thoughts are that similar Ambassadors with a 30 jewel movement and European style serial number should be called out as either "Ambassador - International (variant)" or "International - Ambassador (variant)". It seems they should get their own sub-catagory and be grouped together until we determine if they had European advertised variant letters.

"International Line" vs. "International LTD" also comes into play. Ad referenced is way off by date (1965 vs. 1972) but at least helps confirm the premise for my theory.

Panel thoughts?

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1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1942 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1942

Movement Model: 

-

Movement Jewels: 

Unknown

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

2618803

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Crystal Details: 

crystal missing

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Best guess is 1947 based on family history

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1947 Bulova Ambassador watch
1947 Bulova watch

Bulova 1964 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 

1964

Movement Model: 

12EBACD

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

No Serial Number

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Other

Crystal Details: 

32MM DOMED ROUND WITH CYCLOPS

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

I picked this watch up in a box of old watches.   It is a Bulova Ambassador micro rotor.   It has a 12EBACD movement with the date code of M5.  The case back has the case code of M4.   What makes this one interestring is that the dial reads Automatic and not Self Winding like the other Ambassadors.   It is not running and is missing the outer crown stem and crown and possible a inner ring as the move is a bit loose in the case.  It measures 35mm.   The case back is marked Stainless Steel, Swiss, CB,  506 and M4.  The back says Bulova Waterproof with a dancing female. The dial has applied Bulova and printed Ambassador, Automatic and Swiss.  

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1964 Bulova Ambassador watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch

Bulova 1939 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

B

Manufacture Year: 

1939

Movement Symbol: 

Shield

Movement Model: 

10AE

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

9418567

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

High Dome appears original

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

21 Jewel 1939 has me a bit puzzled. There were a multitude of watches that looked similar in this time period. Band apears that it could be original and would have been factory equipment on an Ambassador A. I thought at first it might be a Oxford/Montgomery, but the face is slightly different if you look closely at the "0" and "2"s. The Oxford and Montgomery models has a "0" with a slight peak on top and "2's" that were more blocky without the flourish at top and on foot. They were also 17 jewels; this one is a 21 like the Ambassador and Eagle. Lugs appear too smooth to be an American Eagle.

I found a couple ads in the short ad section that are from the same year picturing a watch referred to only as a "Bulova 21". Ads seem to indicate that this was a model name, although there isn't an example in the database. Ads appear to show a face identical to subject watch.

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1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1954 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

B

Manufacture Year: 

1954

Movement Model: 

10BT

Movement Jewels: 

15

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

7368374

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

GS CMT325-5 23.2 x 20.6mm

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

Bulova Ambassador "B"

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1954 Bulova Ambassador "B" watch with water buffalo straps
1954 Bulova watch

Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

E

Manufacture Year: 

1953

Movement Model: 

10BT

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

5941497

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

I think this may be an Ambassador. This belongs to a customer and is not slated for any work, just recording the watch for posterity.

17j 10BT from the AS 1200 ebauche.

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1958 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch