Bulova 1957 His Excellency "D"
This watch was a gift from a friend. It belonged to her father, and she gave it to me to give to my partner, who likes old watches. From studying photos of watches on mybulova.com and a few other websites, we concluded that it's the model known as His Excellency E. The information on the outside of the case reads "Bulova, 10KT RGP, L8 Pat Pend." We understand that RGP refers to the gold-plating (10 karat), and we know that L8 refers to 1958. The watch has a Speidel band.
Neither of us is an expert on watches, so we're hesitant to open this one to get the information on the inside as queried here. We'll appreciate any advice on opening the watch safely.
Also, we think this is a self-winding ("automatic") watch, but we'd appreciate confirmation of that if you can tell us.
The watch was stored in a jewelry box and has not been used for many years. It runs for short periods of time, then stops. We'd like to get it running again but are not sure what to do, so we'll appreciate any advice on that, too.
We hope you'll find our photos clear. However, if you decide to add the watch to the website, we ask you to include the photo of the front alone. The engraving on the back is personal, and we're not comfortable with having that posted on the site. Thanks for your consideration. And thanks for any advice you are able to provide!
Cheers from Denise