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Bulova 1957 His Excellency "D"

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His Excellency E



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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 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

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bobbee's picture
Posted October 3, 2014 - 2:41am

The dial matches the 1958 HE "E" , but the ad is for the white case version.


Really nice watch, by the way.

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William Smith
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Posted October 3, 2014 - 1:17pm

....almost matches, as the subject numerals are gold (like the case), and the 1958 white "E" has white numerals.

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Posted October 3, 2014 - 5:43am

This watch have same design as HE "unknown" on Lisa web

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William Smith
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Posted October 3, 2014 - 1:23pm

I'm guessing subject watch is the Yellow case/dial numerals unknown variant version of the white "E".  May have a two letter variant, may have one letter variant.

EDIT:  We worked through a similar watch here, and its ID'ed as the HE "D" variant.

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William Smith
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Posted October 3, 2014 - 1:53pm
Geoff Baker
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Posted October 4, 2014 - 5:01am

Hi Denise9497, welcome to myBulova. I love it when we get a watch with 'history', it just makes it all so much more personal. Both photos are visible in the public forum now, you should remove the second if you don't want it shown. We can help if you can't figure it out.

My vote is for His Excellency, D variant. (edited 10/7/14 - I added the "D")


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Posted October 6, 2014 - 7:41pm

Looks like a match to the HE 'D', very nice watch!