Bulova 1938 Webster

Submitted by JimDon5822 on May 11, 2020 - 11:27pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Cresent Moon
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
Domed curved plastic
Additional Information

This appears to be a 1938 Bulova Ambassador "C".  First time I've seen this model for 1938.   The case and case back are yellow gold with an engraving "To Charlie From Alphod". First time I heard of the name Alphod, very unusual.    The movement is a 7AH 17 jewel with a crescent moon date code.  The dial is back and gray with white hands.  It has a replacement stretch bracelet.  It needed a main spring, crystal and a complete service.  Running and looking great.  I've wanted one of these for a while.  

1938 Ambassador
1938 Ambassador
1938 Ambassador
Posted May 11, 2020 - 11:37pm

The more I look at the ad the more I think this is not an Ambassador.  The crown on this watch is clearly notched like the Webster whereas the Ambassador is not.  I am now thinking this is a 1938 Webster based on this 1938 ad.  

1938 Webster Ad


Posted May 12, 2020 - 12:41am

In reply to by JimDon5822

Well that now makes perfect sense, as we have a number of Webster's in the database that are a match for the subject watch.

1938 Bulova Webster for sure.

Posted May 12, 2020 - 12:33am

Yep you're correct., all the Ambasador "C"s we have do not have a recessed crown.

Posted May 12, 2020 - 12:47am

To save confusion, I've updated the watch listing to remove the Ambassador advert.

Kathy L.
Posted May 12, 2020 - 1:16am

The black and grey dials are some of my favorites.  A small window of a few years for them makes them pretty special.  Glad you were able to find one even if it didn't end up being an Ambassador it is still just as nice.

1938 Bulova Webster

Posted May 12, 2020 - 1:50am

Yeah that does look like a Webster...  wonder if that dial is the only difference in model name as the Montgomery is pretty much the same watch.


1938 Bulova Montgomery Ad

Posted May 12, 2020 - 10:25pm

In reply to by plainsmen

I can confirm it is identical to the Montgomery.  Here is a family photo of Webster, Montgomery, Ambassador and Lone Eagle all with tubular cases. You could say this is a totally tubular photo!


Posted May 12, 2020 - 11:04am

1938 Webster