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Bulova 1947 His Excellency

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1947 (movement dated) Bulova unknown, 21J 10AK movement with a '47 date stamp, 10K White Gold filled bezel and case with no date stamp, Charcoal dial with Silver applied numbers & Silver hands, Kreisler Quality .025 Gold content mesh butterfly clasp band.

I am unsure what this is, a Excellency would be my first guess, but Princeton also comes to mind...It could have the dial refinished, and if I would have had a set of hands, I would have replaced them.

Is it a model, or is it a Non-conforming?

**Update Supporting ad dated 1948

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Posted December 7, 2012 - 10:14pm

Oooooo I like the band. Are the numbers lumed??

Posted December 7, 2012 - 10:25pm

No JP, the numbers are a dull Silver applied type, I think they were much brighter, but age has done them in...I think its a Excellency model, but can't find a ad with the White Gold version listed. The panel vote will determine if I get the dial redone, or it may find a new home on the bay...

Posted December 7, 2012 - 10:47pm

OT !! That would be a travesty, if you do please take the band off and sell it to me. I have a watch just beggin for that band. Heck, just PM me if that is what you decide to do and I will make you an offer for the watch.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 7, 2012 - 11:20pm

"PRINCETON" in 1946


ad Dated 1947

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Posted December 7, 2012 - 11:23pm

'49 HE, based on case serial #.

Posted December 7, 2012 - 11:37pm

After 1946, dating these by case serial # gets kind of least that is what I find on the watches I own...some have a case date stamp, some don't, some serials match the movement date, but most don't...some even start with a letter between 1946-49, so I am not sure other than the movement date on this one.

Do we have a White Gold Excellency with this case yet? I don't see one in the ads or watch database.

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Posted December 8, 2012 - 12:01am

Lacking an alpha-numeric date code I would think that the serial # method still applies. Either that or Bulova wasn't concerned with accurately dating some cases from '46-'49.

EDIT - I don't recall seeing this case in white either.

Posted December 8, 2012 - 12:05am

I think the latter applies Darren, at least on the 46-49 watches that I have...Found a supporting ad with this dial...sort of, it has all the numbers unlike some of the other ads with numbers & markers, posted in the record.

Excellency AA, also available in White & Pink...just like the other ads, and the Princeton.

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Posted December 8, 2012 - 4:32am

Princeton "C" was the white gold version. Part of the 'Excellency group, but its unsure when this officially changed over to a "His Excellency"

The watch in question is dated 1947.

So either generic Princeton or generic His Exelency works for me. I don't think we need to get too tied up in this....again.

Geoff Baker
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Posted December 8, 2012 - 7:16am

That is wonderful Greg - why would you consider getting rid of this beauty? (asked the guy with 13 watches for sale?)

I say stick with HE generic until we find something with a charcoal dial. That really is a great combo. I love those "butterfly" bracelets.