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Bulova 1949 His Excellency

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.

Manufacture Year: 


Movement Symbol: 

48 (A8)

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Crystal Details: 

Rectangular/Flat. Bezel Dimensions 21.3x17.3



Additional Information

Overall Length: 37.7mm

Width: 21.2mm

Inside Lugs: 15.8mm

Solid 14KYG

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DarHin's picture
Posted February 2, 2012 - 10:11pm

I notice that some of the other '46 Directors have the concave lugs and some, like mine, have the straight lugs. Can both styles be '46's?


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted February 3, 2012 - 6:29am


Your Watch cannot be from 1946 if the Movement is Dated 1948 however the Case seriel number would suggest 1949.

Although I have not studied the Case seriel numbers' relationship to Movement manufacture Date of this era in this instance it appears to work.

The Watch formerly known as a 1946.

DarHin's picture
Posted February 3, 2012 - 1:13pm

The first digit of the case # is the year of the case? Thanks, I didn't know that. So the case/movement could be original. Also, I noticed later, in the ad that I referenced, that the dial matches which means the dial could be original also even for a '49.

The '46 ad that I referenced appears to show what I have exactly. That is why I originally went with that.


Panel Member
Posted February 3, 2012 - 8:51am


1948 Director is solid Gold with a Scalloped bezel, This is one of the 1949 Excellency line but I can't tell what the letter designation is. Looks like it's "OO" or "SS" to me. It's in the 1st 1949 ad posted in the database.

Posted February 3, 2012 - 9:08am

There's also a '48 ad that I believe shows this watch with the appropriate dial.  I sure can't read the variant letters.  Perhaps just calling it a "His Excellency" for now would be sufficient?

Panel Member
Posted February 3, 2012 - 9:14am

Lisa, That's the 49 ad I couldn't read.

DarHin's picture
Posted February 3, 2012 - 1:42pm

Is this the same ad? It's 1947. The model looks like "OO" to me and the lugs could be straight. Could my watch be a '49 His Excellency "OO"?


Posted February 3, 2012 - 1:58pm

The ad is listed in the database as 1948.  All the ads have a title that indicates the year of the ad.  Admin lists them that way.

However, the file name on this ad does indicate 1947.  This is the second time in the last two days that I have seen this discrepancy.  Not sure what's going on with the dates.

Posted February 3, 2012 - 2:02pm


Your watch is dated 1948, not 1949.  It doesn't matter what the date of the advert is.  Your watch has it's own date.

Your watch is not likely to be the "OO" variant of the His Excellency, because, as discussed below, that variant is not specified--at least not in the ad we have--as a solid 14k model.

Please read the rest of the thread, and you'll see what we concluded about what you should name this watch.

Posted February 3, 2012 - 9:33am

Shawn - It's listed in the database as a 1948 ad.