Bulova 1951 His Excellency

Submitted by Ellierose on July 29, 2012 - 6:11pm
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hello i just picked up this beautiful his excellency QQ today..i bought it from the local flea market it for a great price.....the watch is near mint other than a little spotting on the dial everthing else is fine..the case itself it perfect doesn't even really need to be buffed..also i'd bet my life that this watch has the original band,since it matches the case so very well...the movement is the 10bm and is 21j...here are some pics... Edit 2012/08/04  Date code L1 on case back and on movement. 

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 6:31pm

I think you are right about the band being original. I have one of these myself but it came with no band. Strangely enough mine was in about the same condition when I bought it except the crystal was bad. I put a new glass crystal on it and if I had your band you would swear it was your watch.  I don't think I will be selling mine. Yours is a very beautiful watch.

Posted July 29, 2012 - 6:33pm

Ooops I forgot to make my remarks about the ID. I would definitely vote yes an Excellency QQ.

Posted July 29, 2012 - 6:37pm

How cool is that watch/band combo?
Agree with QQ.

Posted July 29, 2012 - 6:53pm

I'm on board with Excellency QQ regardless of the band. Sweet watch!

Posted July 29, 2012 - 7:12pm

thanks you gentleman..i like it but i'm trying to save up for another lathe...

William Smith
Posted July 29, 2012 - 8:24pm

Looks like it matches the ad for the QQ to me- even down to the band. I found this ad from 1951 below:  (right click on ad to open full version in new window)

The official Bulova model lists of Aug 1955 indicate at minimum 47 variants of His Excellency, including two QQ variants w/ unique characteristics as evidenced by unique model numbers.  One of the QQ variants is priced at $71.50 as in ad above.  It's unique Bulova model number is 31125.  The other QQ is priced at $125 (model number 37176).  The price difference between the two QQ models suggests 37176 QQ model was sold gold, as evidenced by careful comparisons of similar price differences in other similar models for which we have ads indicating solid gold examples.  I bet Geoff's example w/ hagtag would have 31125 on hangtag. 

HE QQ confirmed from me!   Nice Band to boot!

Posted July 29, 2012 - 9:37pm

its cool to see the ad...i was wondering what 71.00 dollars back than is in todays dollars.... $71.00 in 1951 had the same buying power as $640.91 in 2012. which is quite alot of money.....


William Smith
Posted July 29, 2012 - 9:58pm

In reply to by Ellierose

Dave, when I think about the quality, style and durability of your watch, IMO one would be hard pressed to buy new watch with those same characteristics today for anywhere near as cheap as $604.91  .  They just don't make 'em like that any more...even at twice the price.

Posted July 29, 2012 - 10:42pm

thats a good point..a seiko might last as long but nowhere as nice, doesn't have the style/character  and prestige these watches had..60 years later,,i forgot to say that this watch is still running..