Bulova 1947 His Excellency

Submitted by lectin on September 9, 2019 - 10:16am
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I was recently gifted my grandfathers/fathers bulova watch. Right now it is missing the crystal and the minute hand. I want to get it back up and running so that I can wear it. I am not sure on the year/model. Also I am open to suggestions on what I could do to fix the face. It went so many years without a crystal the face has some damage so I could use some suggestions on how to fix that. Maybe its a replace but I am not sure where to find the parts. Thanks for your help!

1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
Posted September 9, 2019 - 1:57pm

Once the People here identify it you can start searching for parts.  There's a lot of good people here that restore watches and are always happy to help. Your watch is very nice it would look great restored.

Your movement looks very clean hopefully just a good service on the movement. I highly recommend getting that done professionally. The other stuff such as replacing the crystal you can do yourself if you feel you have the confidence that's what I do, but then again this is a sentimental heirloom for you. You can go all out and get it restored professionally. I have found that there are two classes or ideas in respiration. One just fix it and leave the character so to speak as is and then there are some people that they do a total restore where it looks brand new.

I'm sort of in the same ballpark with a 64 Bulova that was my father's I'm going with professionally serviced new Crystal pretty much just cleaned up and put back into working order.

However, which way you want to go there are some good people here that can guide you. It's a beautiful piece! Personally, I think it would look nice completely restored.


You can start looking there for your model however most likely some Bulova geek on here my find an advertisement within a couple days of exactly what it is and how much it cost during that time. That's what surprised me about mybulova.com and the back logs of ads and informationon the site!!


Kathy L.
Posted September 9, 2019 - 7:36pm

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing your heirloom watch with us!  We love heirloom watches and personally I think they are worth restoring and getting serviced so you can enjoy them.  

Your watch has a 1947 movement and a 1948 case.  This is very common with Bulova and totally acceptable.  You can look into the cost of getting a nice replacement movement/dial and compare to the cost of getting the dial refinished. 

Your case looks like a His Excellency "GG" like the link about that Bruce gave you.  We haven't found an ad with this dial and this case yet but we have been IDing these by the case for now.  I will vote to keep this one with the rest.

Bulova His Excellency "GG"

Posted September 10, 2019 - 7:58am

Wow! Thanks for the help! Where would you look to find replacement dials or getting the dial refinished? 

Reverend Rob
Posted September 10, 2019 - 10:11am

International Dial can do the dial, I think the cost is usually around 40-50 dollars.

Posted September 10, 2019 - 11:36am

1948 Bulova His Excellency "GG"

Posted September 10, 2019 - 12:20pm

I would agree with His Excellency "GG"

Posted September 10, 2019 - 7:45pm

Also I feel comfortable saying I know nothing about servicing watches. How do I find someone to fix this thing? I live in Michigan if that helps.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 10, 2019 - 9:30pm

I'll send you some information on a watchmaker in Michigan

1948 Bulova His Excellency GG

PS - congratulations on inheriting your grandfather watch, I think you are most fortunate!

Posted September 11, 2019 - 6:48am

Heirloom watches are the best!

I'll agree, it's a 

1948 Bulova His Excellency "GG"