I went through ALL ads, one by one, on this site starting from 1935 - 1950 in order to find an exact visual match of my Grandfather's watch he passed down to me. The only ad to me that showed an exact match is above. And " B. Alden " is it by way of what my eyes have seen. Please let me know if that is incorrect.
Look forward to hearing from the experts to obtain as much factual information on this watch as possible ... your help is very much appreciated.
In reply to Derek, The Gold Casebck and by FifthAvenueRes…
In reply to I gotta say that Alden does by plainsmen
Agree with Ambassador ID, 10 AE 21 jewels used in the pre 1941 Ambassadors. This is not the first with engraving, as we have a couple in the Lone Eagle files that are incorrectly ID'd, and should be flagged for review.
Here is a pic of the above linked 21 jewel 10 AE watch.
Pic of the above 21 jewel 10 AE watch.
No ads for the engraved model in the regular ads, but this is the best there from 1939, with the Alden and the Ambassador, so you can see the differences. The Alden possibly had a Stainless Steel back, with a lesser jewel count.
The patina on your dial adds to authenticity, and does not look too bad, but it is a matter of personal preference. If you are happy with it as-is, leave it alone. It looks great to me!
Here is an ad from the part ads from 1939, with the engraved Ambassador "D" being the closest to your watch.
Would agree that tthe subject watch is not an Alden as the lugs on an Alden have a distinct angled bend were as the subject watch is curved. Plus the Alden has a 15 jeweled movement. Nor is it a Commodore which is a 17J version.
A 21J Ambassador would be my call as well.
I'm not certain its a "D" variant as that may be down to the bracelet.
So generic Ambassador for me.