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Bulova 1951 His Excellency

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Model ID rating explained.
2.7525

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

7AA

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

4459270

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova
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bourg01
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Posted June 14, 2013 - 4:58pm

Pretty slick looking " Excellency ". Looks like the dial may have been refinished. Are the hour markers gold print or applied gold leaf ? This would help greatly in finding out which variant it might be as there were quite a few in the " Excellency " model line up.

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William Smith
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Posted June 14, 2013 - 8:40pm

A nice His Excellency w/ perhaps a redial.  There were a bunch of these models....so I gotta check the ads etc before saying more...
...or not a redial.....but sure is a clean dial.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted June 14, 2013 - 10:10pm

I agree, one would think an Excellency would show a Gilt signature and track.

'HIS EXCELLENCY'

If this Watch did not have Excellency printed on the Dial I'd swear it was an unseen 'AA'.

What is stamped on the Movement, L2?

mybulova_admin
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Posted June 15, 2013 - 2:16am

The case certainly matches that of one if the HE models. I would also say that this is a redial.

Tentative His Excellency for me.

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 15, 2013 - 6:06am

Hmmm, those lugs. I don't see those lugs on any HE from the late 40's of early 50's. The waves and the case date speak to it being His Excellency but those lugs are a problem for me. I'm going back to the ads but I didn't see anything on a quick run through.

What a great looking watch though - I really like the looks of all that black and gold together - classy!

mybulova_admin
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Posted June 15, 2013 - 6:24am

Ad which shows the case in question I believe, although these lugs look a little more square on the ends.

1950 Bulova His Excellency

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Posted June 15, 2013 - 6:59am

agreed, the lugs differ.

2nd example also with a 7AA here http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1953-his-excellency-2638

jabs
Panel Member
Posted June 15, 2013 - 7:42am

Hi all,

on movement hasn´t time stamp. Photos are in the state of purchase and I plan to lightly polish the case and slide. I also thought that this is a "His Excellency" but the shape of the lugs am not able to judge

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted June 15, 2013 - 8:42am

jabs,

beginning in 1946 +/- Bulova began to transition away from Dating their Movements by symbol to an alphnumeric method, to the best of My knowledge this transition was complete by 1950.

Movement stamped L1 (1951) matching the Case.

an interesting Watch as it has the characteristics of an 'AA' and if 'EXCELLENCY' were not printed on the Dial I'd swear it was.

The question in My mind is who printed Excellency on the Dial, Bulova or a refinsher?

jabs
Panel Member
Posted June 15, 2013 - 8:59am

Aha the movement is labeled L1 thus 1951 also. Dial is intact does not seem to be modified.