Bulova 1946 Statesman

Submitted by denupnorth on October 8, 2015 - 5:27pm
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1946 Bulova

Case back:14K GOLD FILLED,BULOVA and serial number


Dial:Gold applied numbersand indices and reads BULOVA.By the notch at the 6 oclock position this seems to be an older redial.Missing the hands(I can't remember if they came with the watch or not)

Case is also rose gold coloured and came with this Speidel band marked 1/20 10k gold filled that almost looks copper coloured.

When I got this watch it came with the box shown and the guarantee papers showing that it was sold at DeVons jewellers on "K" street in Sacramento CA in December 1947.

Crown does not seem to be original(unsigned)



1946 Bulova Statesman
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
1946 Bulova watch
Posted October 8, 2015 - 9:16pm

It will require purple or blue stick or index hands. I used purple index hands on the one I had. They make a nice watch. Does this one run?  If it needs a balance complete, I have them available. It will also need a purple or blue or black sub sec hand.


Geoff Baker
Posted October 9, 2015 - 6:32am

This is a nice watch Denis - I like this model and have had several over the years. I'm drawn to the font of the numerals. I always pause when I see it for a couple reasons. In 1947 this watch was called His Excellency but in 1946 it had a different name. Director and Statesman are both pictured in the advert below. They are similar but I think this is the Director.


Here's a similar watch.


1946 Director

Posted October 9, 2015 - 7:42am

I agree that the Director and Statesman are both very similar, the case shape and the way the lugs wrap around each corner of the bezel. I do see one difference though when looking closer at the lugs. I've pulled together all of the 1946 Statesman ads and the lugs show a sort of flowing and rounded effect. When looking at the the similar Director, the lugs are more defined and angled. The bottom image shows the 46 Director I posted recently. It is hard to tell if the subject watch has the Statesman style lugs - I think it does.

The dial in the subject watch is also seen in the Statesman ads. Also seen in the Statesman ads is the link style bracelet. Subject watch has a replacement band; and I don't know if the bracelet makes the model in the case of the Statesman, but I also do not see this case and dial with any other type of band being called something else - so it may not matter.

I would vote for Statesman

Reverend Rob
Posted October 9, 2015 - 10:32am

Those lugs, albeit worn, are looking to me like Director lugs.

Posted October 9, 2015 - 11:22am

Agree with Director ID

Posted October 9, 2015 - 12:46pm

I always have a problem seeing the difference in these case styles but this looks a lot like the Statesman pictured as the lugs are a little curved and not as angular.Thanks JP,I seem to remember black hands on it at one time(now where would I have stashed them)and yes it's a runner.It's good to know that you have some complete balances for the 7AK and will certaily keep you in mind.

Posted October 9, 2015 - 1:50pm

Director from me.

Posted October 9, 2015 - 4:30pm

Just had a look at the 1946 Director just posted by Andersok and trhe lugs on mine are very different,I'm inclined to go with the Statesman id as they look a lot closer.


Posted October 9, 2015 - 6:13pm

I have changed the last photo to try and show the lugs a little better(subject watch is on the left).The case on the right is  10k gold filled from 1947(from serial #).I think they are the same and both show the more sweeping style lugs.

William Smith
Posted October 10, 2015 - 3:24am

I'm thinking Statesman too. Remembering we have discussed the smoother lugs before, and the director had the angles like your example lug shot Ken.