Bulova 1946 Ambassador

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
7AK
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
8302111
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1946 Ambassador

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MGD001
Posted April 14, 2017 - 1:13am

The case is a 1948 and looking at the AD above this watch should be His Excellency "GG". The AD is a little difficult to read, but it looks like the GG also comes in the white.

mybulova_admin
Posted April 14, 2017 - 1:20am

Club 5000Panel Member

I believe the advert indicates both pink and white gold filled cases, but does not mention any dial variation, so if it is a Bulova 'His Excellency' it'll most likely be another variant.

mybulova_admin
Posted April 14, 2017 - 1:28am

Club 5000Panel Member

Was certainly the Bulova Ambassador model in 1946, but was it still so in 1948, when we see many of these 21 'Excellency Group' watches with unique names all start to come under the same 'His/Her Excellency' banner.

Bulova 1946 Ambassador watch

MGD001
Posted April 14, 2017 - 4:38am

It looks a lot like the "PP" in the AD for 1949, but the case is a 1948. I found this advertisement from 1948 showing the "PP" variant. I also submitted this AD to the Information Page.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 15, 2017 - 6:41am

Club 5000Panel Member

I guess I hadn't caught the date of the case before either, it should be 1948.

Here's the challenge I'm  facing MGD, I know now that the watch case is most likely a 1948 His Excellency but I can't find any ad showing an His Excellency model variant with a charcoal dial. We have to be careful how we name the watch as I said earlier as not to confuse people seeking to ID their own Bulova watches. When adding components together to make a complete watch it is, for the purpose of proper identification, ultra critical to make sure they all add up to a verifiable model. Having said that, I would further clarify that outside of myBulova or the world of verifying Bulova model it really doesn't make a difference as it really is a nice looking watch. When we present here though we need to be able to tie it back to something verifiable. So far I think I'm willing to accept that it is an His Excellency model by the advert above but I cannot find an exact variant.

MGD001
Posted April 15, 2017 - 1:14pm

Geoff the His Excellency PP above is in the same style face as mine, does the color matter as much since the style of dial matches? My concern is that the case is 10K and the AD shows it to be 14K, but I have seen that matter and not matter on various pieces through out the My Bulova library?

mybulova_admin
Posted April 16, 2017 - 12:36am

Club 5000Panel Member

The dial colour and case gold style would certaily make your watch a different variant.

MGD001
Posted April 16, 2017 - 1:12am

From this AD in the archive Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1947 it looks like  either a 10K or a 14K cases could be used. It was not exclusive to 14K for HE, so I am understanding this right, this would create a new and different variant for 10K or 14K and each dial and each color dial.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 16, 2017 - 6:39am

Club 5000Panel Member

Correct, every variation creates a new variant. There can be dials that are the same color but have different markings or hand styles which are different variants. Because of that we are very particular in how we name a watch. We will often determine that a watch is a certain model, perhaps an His Excellency but not give or determine a variant. All we are attempting to do is be as specific as possible, again as not to mislead.

Having said all that I will categorically state that sometime we get it all completely and totally wrong ;). In those cases we make a correction.