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Bulova 1946 Statesman "C"

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Believe this is the 1946 Statesmen "C" as per the ads from 1947 MG.

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1946 Statesmen C
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bobbee's picture
Posted July 21, 2012 - 2:26pm

See the one in the previous ad in glorious technicolour? Be nice to get that original bracelet for it!

Statesman "C". Nice find, Jerin.

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William Smith
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:01pm

Subject watch looks like 1946 Statesman C to me.
Click on any graphic to see full ad.
Ad below looks like subject watch  -1947 ad -unnamed variant Statesman (likely C variant ?):

1947 Statesman ad below:

I think ad above pictures and describes the "generic" base model Statesman (applied gilt numerals)  and goes on to list A,B,C in text. The C may have had the dial of subject watch, and the ad just does't state numerals at even hours/ dot markers at odd hours. Why?  1. Unnamed variant in first ad above.  2. When I compare the price difference between generic Statesman and A,B and C (in official 1958 Bulova model list below), AND then compare this difference to many other price differences in period/style similar models in official model lists, the price increase is very similar to other models for which we have ads, and this change in price relates to changes in features which correspond to similar dial changes from base models.
model #      model name                               price

For His Excellency Series, the lists include 47 unique models w/ two letter variants. It doesn't list them all.  Way to much detail/analysis to show here, but another tool I'm using. Requires cross referencing other similar models for which we have ads.  Took about 2 hrs for these comparison, but there's a learning curve. One more tool I use to vote, and in subject watch, it helps me decide btwn confirmed vs tentative.  Be aware- what I'm doing- my aid or tool- is completely untested except by me :)  ...but I'm not simply guessing here.

1946 Statesman morphs into 47 His Excellency series. 

The generic Statesman, as Plains other 1946 example suggesters , was renamed to His Excellency series in 1947. 

In 1947, the subject watch may have been renamed to the (unknown variant) white gold, charcoal dial version of the 1947 His Excellency DD seen below:

 If subject watch were dated 1947, than I would vote confirmed generic 1947 His Excellency, and  tentatively unknown variant similar to 47 Excellency DD.

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:32pm

Thanks Will. This one has given me a headache. Just when I convinced myself it was one or the other I would second guess myself and start all over again. To ad to the confusion I have a '49 HE seemingly identical to the DD pictured above.

Darren (flip flopper)


Will, just between you and me, you may want to get in touch with Dr Freud regarding your last sentence.

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William Smith
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:35pm

I musta used the spell checker- which I never do...and not paid attention.  I'll try to edit now...thanks

Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:38pm just might have had something else in mind,,,,LOL

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William Smith
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:48pm

just for the record. I don't wear lingerie, but if I did, would probably be a Freudian slip.

Posted July 21, 2012 - 10:15pm

I would agree Statesman "C"...and I think have the original basket weave butterfly clasp band for it....might have to set a snipe... : )

Geoff Baker
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Posted July 22, 2012 - 5:46am

Statesman "C" works for me

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Posted July 22, 2012 - 3:54pm

I'm good with The Statesman C and Jerin, I do have the original band in white, sized to 14.5 mm between the lugs. Let's make a deal dude!

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 7:55am

Hmmm, without an exact advert showing the dial, gold combo...I'd just stick with the standard Statesman for now.