Bulova 1953 Ambassador

6/10 votes
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Outside case back:  10K Rolled Gold Plate, Bulova, L3, 6694188

Inside case back:  Bulova, Fifth Ave, New York

Movement:  10BM  21 jewel, L2, USA

Case deminsions:  40mm lug tip to lug tip,
                                 25.8mm wide not counting crown.
                                 10.1mm thick from center of slightly raised cruved crystal to center of case back.

Dial and movement fit case very well.....but I think I hear wedding bells :)

Can't find an ad match in main ad database or 1950's decade forum thread.

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Geoff Baker
Posted December 28, 2014 - 6:33am

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Will, I'm not sure I hear wedding bells but there is an echo in here. We just ID'd this watch last week as an Ambassador: http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1953-ambassador-7016

Looks like most of us were tentative n the ID. I'd agree that this is a tentative Ambassador as well.

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William Smith
Posted December 28, 2014 - 2:36pm

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Thanks Geoff   Don't know how I missed or forgot that one so quick.  I thought I had searched pretty thoroughly....  but I'll sure go check out the link.

Posted December 28, 2014 - 11:47am

Ditto Geoff

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William Smith
Posted December 28, 2014 - 2:41pm

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I too thought tentative Ambassador, but the jewel count threw me.

Posted December 28, 2014 - 2:53pm

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I'm game with Ambassador, Variant Unknown

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William Smith
Posted December 28, 2014 - 3:24pm

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Shawn, I think we see all Ambassador ads from early 1940's up to 1952 with 21 jewels, then changing to 17 jewels in 1953.

1953 ad used for reference in tentative Ambassador Geoff linked above.

Here's an August 1953 ad Bobbee ran down.

I'm looking for an ad from 1953 showing a 21 Jewel Ambassador.  I have not found one yet. 1958 ad below (used for relative reference in another 1953 17 jewel Ambassador record)

and Lisa's (Watchophilia) Ambassador ads and examples change from 21 jewel through 1952 to 17 jewels beginning in 1953.

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William Smith
Posted December 28, 2014 - 9:24pm

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Wow that was a quick ID :)  Only three folks voted on this one.  While we did ID another one a few weeks ago, that example didn't have the jewel count listed, so I voted tentative Ambassador on that one assuming it had a 17 jewel movement.

I'm good for two ticks as 1953 Ambassador, although we don't have a matching ad, and I'm not seeing a single ad for a 21 jewel Ambassador after 1952.
I still think that maybe this 1953 watch with 21 jewels could be something other than an Ambassador, since we are iding tentatively on similarities to case style and a jewel count that doesn't match any ads from 1953 onward. 

Posted February 12, 2015 - 8:13am

I don't know if this is an Ambassador or not but I just posted the same watch same case,same dial and the same 21 jewel movement.Mine is also a 1953 and I think it's just another unidentified model but correct.Just my opinion though.


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Posted February 13, 2015 - 5:36am

Zero cigars on the ID front.

Adverts/proof not required for ID's anymore, just a crystal ball.