Bulova 1939 Ambassador "B"

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
9418567
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
High Dome appears original
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

21 Jewel 1939 has me a bit puzzled. There were a multitude of watches that looked similar in this time period. Band apears that it could be original and would have been factory equipment on an Ambassador A. I thought at first it might be a Oxford/Montgomery, but the face is slightly different if you look closely at the "0" and "2"s. The Oxford and Montgomery models has a "0" with a slight peak on top and "2's" that were more blocky without the flourish at top and on foot. They were also 17 jewels; this one is a 21 like the Ambassador and Eagle. Lugs appear too smooth to be an American Eagle.

I found a couple ads in the short ad section that are from the same year picturing a watch referred to only as a "Bulova 21". Ads seem to indicate that this was a model name, although there isn't an example in the database. Ads appear to show a face identical to subject watch.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted January 13, 2018 - 8:24pm

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Take note the crown isn't inset into the side of the case, which seems to be a indicator of a Montgomery or Oxford.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 14, 2018 - 12:51am

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I'd say it's a 1939 Bulova Ambassador 'B'. Another Ambassador advert. 

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted January 14, 2018 - 7:32am

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Good call Stephen, don't know how I missed those ads. I agree, Ambassador B like this one except with a variance in seconds subdial, which is likely a style change from 1939 to 1940.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1940-ambassador-7475

Referenced watch also has the same "AAA" stamped movement as subject watch. I spent a long time trying to ID this one and guess I convinced myself too early in the process that it wasn't an Ambassador  due to the absense of engraving on bezel at sides of crystal.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 14, 2018 - 7:31am

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See how easy this is Bob? Just kidding........

1939 Ambassador B

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted January 14, 2018 - 8:01am

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Yes Geoff, I know it's "easy" (smiles, gives eyeroll) -  thought I looked at every ad from 1936 to 1939 and all ads in the short section from 1930 to 1940 enlarged; and sorted the database by year, looking at every watch posted in the 1936 - 39  time frame. Guess I should have gone farther, here's one in an ad from 1942.

Andersok
Posted January 14, 2018 - 8:00am

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Good call, Ambassador B