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Bulova 1940 Webster

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Model ID rating explained.

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It appears We have confused this previously unseen Model with the 'AMBASSADOR' of the same era in the database.

* For database reference only: note the Lug and Crown variation.


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Posted March 24, 2011 - 7:52pm

Looks like only one of the three in the database has been mis-ID'd as an Ambassador. That one is Gary's. His also looks to be an Oxford, if the recessed crown is the distinguishing feature.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted March 24, 2011 - 7:52pm


You silver tongued rascal, I could not have said it better.


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Posted March 24, 2011 - 7:56pm

Thank You Lisa.

Another recognition of a similar difference.

Lugs are slightly different also.


Posted March 24, 2011 - 8:01pm

Yes, I see that as well. Now that we've had this discussion, the differences between Gary's and the two actual Ambassadors in the database seem obvious.'s picture
Posted March 24, 2011 - 8:44pm


Then perhaps I've mainly been snipin' OXFORDS? LOL... (However... This "C" dial, NEVER!)

And then we are to believe that this is a (17J?) "OXFORD," vs. one of the other two models, or the Illustrator wasn't "out to lunch" then, eh??? And ALSO that the model was SO popular... that they used a "C" style dial variant, reserved for very BEST sellers!?!

Got movement and caseback pics??? I'm wondering IF:

That dial was a "custom?" (Love that "C" dial style! Bet others did/do TOO!?)

The case was"reused" to house an Ambassador dial/movement?

The Ambassador case was modified in 1939 or 41?

It's rather one of the other two models I mentioned, that likely ALSO look very similar?



:-)  Scott

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 8:49pm


The Dial isnt the issue, I have the same Dial in a 1940 'PRESIDENT'.

The Case differs to the 'AMBASSADOR'

The 'OXFORD' Case has a recessed Crown and slightly different lugs to the 'AMBASSADOR' Case.

: )

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Posted March 25, 2011 - 7:51am

Well done all, regardless of what you ID'd. It allowed us to really look at the detail of the case and as Jerin pointed out the small detail in the recessed crown that I missed.

Oxford with variant dial it is.

Posted February 2, 2012 - 12:36pm

Since I am the quintessential "newbie" here it seem very obvious that this is indeed the Oxford and not Ambassador but regardless, it is one of the most beautiful watches I have had the pleasure of seeing. Super find and I am sure it is very highly prized by it's owner.

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Posted March 8, 2013 - 9:44pm


                New 1938 ad, the WEBSTER. Another one sorted.

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Kathy L.
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Posted March 9, 2019 - 10:48pm

Here is a nice clear ad for Webster from Dec 1938