Bulova 1940 Lone Eagle

Submitted by Ellierose on December 22, 2011 - 10:33am
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Hello i figure i add some of my watches even though they are already known models...after looking at the exact year for this watch i notice there isn't any lone eagles of this kind with a 21 10ae is this the wrong movement in this watch??...or do i have the model wrong? when i got this watch it wasn't running after and good clean and oil it keeps time up to a minute plus or minus a day after regulation...i was going to sell it but i don't know if some want to make a decent offer i will consider it...but i really like it even though its on  a womens band i have a wire lug band coming for something else but that project when south when the yoke flew somewhere in the room... here are the pics..Corrected Ambassador, i now remember that...thanks for the correction..

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:05am

21 Jewels would be the 'AMBASSADOR'

William Smith
Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:22am

I'm a little confused here.  From the photos, it looks like the SN on the caseback is 9415165.  There doesn't appear to ba a movement SN, unless there's a 123 somewhere which I can't see in the photo.  To me it seems like no data are better than bad data. If admin is building a database which can be queried for patterns amoung models, dates, and SN's, having incorrect SN's in the database make it less accurate.  I've seen several records w/ SN's which are missing when visible in the photos or entered incorrectly.  Perhaps a forced entry for SN's, with one of the required choices being "none" or "illegable"? More work for admin, but just a thought.

Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:41am

A Case seriel # is a mandatory entry for addition to the database but easily defeated by entering any random number.

In this instance the Case seriel # of 9415165 is clearly visible in the image of the Caseback therefore should be entered correctly by the Watches owner. Why there is a Movement seriel # listed is anyones guess?

Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:50am

ok point taken...william, sorry, i thought putting 123 would be consider no data...and plus the photos perfectly show the case number if anyone wanted to know...next time i will add the number if i can..i didn't really think it would be a major issue. sorry again....but that is one thing that makes me upset and agatatied..is if someone has something to say for trying to get advice across there is no reason to be smart or cocky about it...i see that alot, its not needed to insult people. we aren't in school anymore... 

William Smith
Posted December 22, 2011 - 5:25pm

In reply to by Ellierose

I think it's great if we are able to add the SN's etc...and know it does take time to do.  Sometimes they are not available or legible. I too get a little muffed with snide or unfriendly comments, espically amoung folks like us with similar interests, and agree that sometimes folks can come off as snooty when hidden behind the vail of the internet.  Luckely I don't see that happeneing here, and I certainly hope that I didn't come across that way :)  You and ohters have put lots of work/time/information into this site, and I appriciate those efforts.  We all benifit.

Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:54pm

The movement might be Ambassador, but the case is not, I have never seen any of these with spring bar holes in the lugs.

The Ambassador case is larger than the Lone Eage "A" case, and I don't remember any Ambassador's this style with engraved bezels. I am thinking movement swap into a Lone Eagle case that has been modified? or another Unknown...

Posted December 22, 2011 - 2:07pm

i have, this watch just doesn't have the factory band...here is a pic you can see where the lugs end and the band starts on this one...


also i guess it is  lone eagle which i thought...just with a 10ae movement..which is ok by me since the 21jewel movment is a better one than a 10ax 17j...either way its still i nice watch...

Posted December 22, 2011 - 2:49pm

1940 LE is advertised as having a Stainless Steel Caseback.

Posted December 22, 2011 - 2:58pm

The second watch with the extra line on the lugs is a Lone Eagle.  The first watch without that little line is an Ambassador. 

Very similar cases with only minor variations but who would expect that from Bulova.


The Lone Eagle bracelet had the two lines on the link that attaches to the watch lugs and the Ambassador bracelet would have had 3 lines.

Posted December 22, 2011 - 3:14pm

From the 1939 ads