Bulova 1957 Ambassador

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Case measures 37mm lug to lug x 32mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Butler finish Dial shows applied Gilt Hour markers, Bulova signature with 'Selfwinding' insignia below are printed in Black.

Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Index style and a Gilt Index Seconds Hand shows on a Cross-Hair sub Dial above the 6.

17 Jewel Swiss Automatic Movement is encompassed by a shock absorbing ring.

The Glass is retained by a press fit bezel, Caseback is stamped as shown.

Vintage dispaly ad is Dated 1957.

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bobbee's picture
Posted April 23, 2013 - 6:28am

So with the "waterproof" conveniently being an "assumption", can it not be another assumption that it has seventeen jewels? Or that it dates to 1957?
This is the reason I am so strongly against this watch in general, not just that there are differences in the ad and watch, but that "assumptions" were made about this watch that were promoted as facts, as can be seen in the OP's original and subsequent posts.
It should have been deleted, not brought up for an ID review, as it does not conform to current site etiquette, as per discussions regarding lifted pictures, and any lack of info with them, if i recall
There has been recent "culls" of some old watches with little or no info, and this should have been included.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted April 26, 2013 - 9:20pm

Fact:  there are more attributes for the proposed ID than against.

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Posted April 27, 2013 - 12:08am

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Thanks for updating, now hopefully we can move forward with an ID even it it is tentative.

Posted April 26, 2013 - 10:19pm

Now that we have additional pictures and find that the watch is not waterproof, I would give it a 2 tic Ambassador...correct info & more than one picture will make a difference in a ID.

bobbee's picture
Posted April 26, 2013 - 10:27pm

Well done, you actually managed to buy it eventually.
It looks like a watertite case, do you have any pics of the actual caseback?
There are still the dial and hand differences, as well as the watch having a narrower bezel than the ad.
Still more differences against the proposed ID than for.

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Posted April 26, 2013 - 10:38pm

Its not a waterproof case bobbee, it the same style as the His Excellency cases of the same period, and they were far from waterproof.

The dial is different, but very similar like maybe a variant...the hands could have been replaced at some point.

I would say it has more going for it as a "tenative" Ambassador than a unknown.

bobbee's picture
Posted April 26, 2013 - 10:55pm

I see now that the crystal is not retained by the bezel, as there is a rim on the bezel for the crystal to rest on.
Agree with possible Ambassador ID.

Nice set up.

vintagebulova.com's picture
Posted May 4, 2013 - 9:20pm

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No match on the dial.