Bulova 1960 His Excellency

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
10 BP
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
E411046
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I belive this to be a 1960 His Exelency. 10K rolled gold plate case. I found the watch on Ebay, bought it well under going rate. I have not opened it since I don't know how to open a top opening watch. Keeps good time, but should be serviced most likely. Gains about a minute a week. The case is marked M0 on the back. 

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1960 Bulova His Excellency watch
1960 Bulova watch
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neetstuf-4-u
Posted April 9, 2018 - 6:41pm

Panel Member

Wow, beautiful watch, I like it! I'll  agree it certainly appears to be a His Excellency. I'm a little puzzled by this one and find no ad for it. I'm on the fence as to variant. Case says "EW" which had a white face. Black dial says it's something else like a "D", but lugs don't match the ads we have to be a "D".

There is a slight possibility it may be a marriage of 2 watches, but I kind of doubt it. I would be more inclined to say it's a variant yet to be identified. 

 

I'll vote 1960 "His Excellency" no variant letter (for now). Still digging.

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Andersok
Posted April 9, 2018 - 7:13pm

Panel Member

I believe it is a correct His Excellency, but no ad found to help narrow down the variant for this black/charcoal dial. The yellow gold case with white dial is both the 'C' variant, and the 'A' variant with strap option, which also calls for a charcoal color dial option.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted April 9, 2018 - 7:35pm

Panel Member

I think you got it Ken. "C" variant looks to be on an expansion band, I believe "A" and "EW" were on leather. 

The ad you reference lists the "EW" variant with the option shown for charcoal dial. Watch is legit. Your ad find places a black dial in this case.

So do we call it a "EW" or consider face color may be another variant unadvertised but referenced in the ad?

BlackbirdM3
Posted April 9, 2018 - 8:07pm

The band is not original, its a Speidel, but its also a vintage band. What is the trick to opening the crystal to see the movement? I'd guess its a twist off, but I have no idea.

 

The EW ad does say "With Charcoal dial $69.50" The hands are correct, the inner part of the dial has the same vinyl record look to it, the lugs are correct. The numbers on the dial are the right font and in the right place.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted April 9, 2018 - 8:25pm

Panel Member

To remove the crystal, you need a special tool called a crystal lift. It squeezes the crystal around the edges to reduce the size ever so slightly so it will come out of the case. It's not for the light of heart and best performed by a jeweler who repairs watches.

Some Bulovas are hard to narrow down to a specific variant due to the way they were advertised. An example would be a watch in yellow gold advertised as "G" variant but;  listed as also available in white gold - a variation. White gold could be the less popular style and an "H". but never advertised as a "stand alone" model. This one likely falls into the same catagory. Some watches were assigned a different variant letter based only on the band (leather or metal). Think inventory control. It's a slippery slope without some way to verify with ads or price lists from Bulova from the time period.

jabs
Posted April 10, 2018 - 4:15am

Panel Member

I am for 1960 His Excellency (no variant) similar watch

Geoff Baker
Posted April 10, 2018 - 7:25am

Club 5000Panel Member

Very nice looking watch Blackbird, yellow gold and the charcoal dial are a great match

1960 Bulova His Excellency

BlackbirdM3
Posted April 10, 2018 - 4:17pm

Geoff Baker wrote:

Very nice looking watch Blackbird, yellow gold and the charcoal dial are a great match

1960 Bulova His Excellency

Thanks, I like it a lot more than the gold on white dial. 

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted April 10, 2018 - 4:05pm

Panel Member

1960 HE, no variant.