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Bulova 1947 Princeton

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1946 Ad-3 states: These models were available in the distinction and color of natural, pink and white gold. Note that the colors included a matching color dial. The Princeton model can be distinguished from the very similar His Excellency (introduced in 1947) by the dial  style.

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Elgin Doug
Posted April 8, 2011 - 7:11pm

Interesting lugs!  BTW, the dial is just like the one on Lisa's 1947 Treasurer, except hers is in black.  It seems Bulova often used the same dial with a number of different cases.  I've also seen Treasurers with the 'bottlecap' bezel that have the same dial as the Excellency in your ad.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted August 11, 2011 - 1:53pm

They do have the same dials, this one has been around since 1944. Hard to find at decent prices. I wanted Princeton with the pink dial, but I took the creme dial.

Posted October 16, 2012 - 7:51pm

The seconds trak on the excellency is quite different, not recessed and much larger.

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William Smith
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 2:41pm

Sure looks like I'm seeing an L0 date code on the case back picture.

I'm also not convinced a dial style change distinguishes 1947 Princeton from 1947 His Excellency, but I'm checking ads.  I believe Wayne's saying Princeton exclusively had subject dial, while His Excellency did not have this dial style.  Below is another 1947 ad snippet for Princeton, also showing Statesman, which I think also changed to His Excellency (variant) in 1947, but without a dial change between the two.  Click graphic for full ad. 

Here's a 1947 Sears catalog snippet showing Princeton (and Statesman).  Note the dial for Princeton.  I believe Plains has the actual Sears catalog from which this ad was originally scanned.

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William Smith
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 4:16pm

Here's a December 1949 ad. Very poor res. the DRAKE. The case could be that of the Princeton/His Excellency?  If subject watch case is date coded L0 (1950), then subject watch could be a marriage by someone who preferred the look of the 21 jewel Princeton/His Excellency over that of the 17 jewel Drake.