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Bulova 1939 Ambassador "B"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3

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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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted January 13, 2018 - 8:24pm

 

Take note the crown isn't inset into the side of the case, which seems to be a indicator of a Montgomery or Oxford.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 14, 2018 - 12:51am

I'd say it's a 1939 Bulova Ambassador 'B'. Another Ambassador advert. 

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted January 14, 2018 - 7:32am

Good call Stephen, don't know how I missed those ads. I agree, Ambassador B like this one except with a variance in seconds subdial, which is likely a style change from 1939 to 1940.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1940-ambassador-7475

Referenced watch also has the same "AAA" stamped movement as subject watch. I spent a long time trying to ID this one and guess I convinced myself too early in the process that it wasn't an Ambassador  due to the absense of engraving on bezel at sides of crystal.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 14, 2018 - 7:31am

See how easy this is Bob? Just kidding........

1939 Ambassador B

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted January 14, 2018 - 8:01am

Yes Geoff, I know it's "easy" (smiles, gives eyeroll) -  thought I looked at every ad from 1936 to 1939 and all ads in the short section from 1930 to 1940 enlarged; and sorted the database by year, looking at every watch posted in the 1936 - 39  time frame. Guess I should have gone farther, here's one in an ad from 1942.

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Andersok
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Posted January 14, 2018 - 8:00am

Good call, Ambassador B