Bulova 1926 Ambassador

Submitted by NYCnat on January 9, 2012 - 9:30pm
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Case Serial No.
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Case Manufacturer
American Standard Bulova
Watch Description

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

Bulova watch
1926 Bulova watch
1926 Bulova watch
1926 Bulova watch
1926 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Posted January 9, 2012 - 9:31pm

Any info about this would be appreciated!

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

Posted January 9, 2012 - 9:50pm

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. 

Posted January 9, 2012 - 9:55pm

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.

Posted July 28, 2012 - 3:13pm

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.

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.

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

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

Posted September 26, 2012 - 8:06pm

Tri fold Case - 1926


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

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

Posted October 12, 2012 - 6:53pm

1926 Ambassador

Posted October 25, 2012 - 6:44pm

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