Bulova 1926 Ambassador

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.802
Manufacture Year: 
1926
Movement Model: 
10AN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Movement Serial No.: 
218243
Case Serial No.: 
6420876
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Square case

14k white gold filled

edge pattern and matching frame on the back

interesting double hinge tri opening.

blue steel hands

Four adjustments to movement

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NYCnat
Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:31pm

Any info about this would be appreciated!

I couldn't find a date symbol on the movement.

NOVA
Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:50pm

Nice watch, NYC. I love the oldies.

Without a date code, I don't think we can pinpoint this model, as several different models used this case. It's probably not a 1925 watch, as stated in your listing, because that would make it a Diplomat, but the Diplomat did not have the seconds register. It's most likely an Ambassador, dated somewhere between 1926 and 1929.  We see a lot of those. After that, this case was called the Envoy, so that's also a possibility. 

NOVA
Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:55pm

Am I not seeing a T next to the serial number?  That would date it to 1932, and the watch would be an Envoy.

It is possible to have no date code.  I have two or three like that, and they are all early models.

JP
Posted July 28, 2012 - 3:13pm

Panel Member

Tenative Envoy. I have two of the 29's, a white gold and a yellow gold like this but it has a 10A in it for a power plant. Mine are Ambassadors.

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bobbee
Posted July 28, 2012 - 3:47pm

Case SN dates this to 1926, if the date on the mvmnt. is a "T" for 1932 it may be a re-case. BTW, are we discounting the case SN for dating a watch now? If so, I need to edit some of mine in the DB.

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William Smith
Posted September 26, 2012 - 7:54pm

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We are still using the first digit of case SN to date the 1924-49ish movements. 
I think subject watch is a 1926 Ambassador.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted September 26, 2012 - 8:06pm

Tri fold Case - 1926

'AMBASSADOR' works.

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William Smith
Posted October 12, 2012 - 4:37pm

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Isn't there a triangle date symbol next to the movement serial number?  If so, 1926 movement and case. 

JP
Posted October 12, 2012 - 6:53pm

Panel Member

1926 Ambassador

JP
Posted October 25, 2012 - 6:44pm

Panel Member

Hands are incorrect for the 1926 Ambassador, it should have lume spade or lume cathedral hands if I am not mistaken.