Bulova 1940 Ambassador

Submitted by bsshog40 on October 24, 2020 - 5:15pm
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This Bulova has the Omega mark so that tells me it's 1930 or 1940. The 10AE movement shows courtesy of Dr. Ranfft from 1929-1940. I'm thinking it falls into the Albert family. It's too bad that the mainspring is broken because everything else seems to be operating properly. Nice balance too. Thanks for checking this out for me. 

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Posted October 24, 2020 - 6:25pm

I changed my mind. I'm thinking this may be an Ambassador. I have an Ambassador B that looks the same except the one I'm posting has a little art deco on the side of the case where the "B" is a smooth case. 

Posted October 24, 2020 - 8:40pm

Nice watch, one of my preferred case styles from the late 30's - early 40's. It's a

1940 Ambassador "D"

Like this one. Yours appears to have a replaced minute hand.

Posted October 24, 2020 - 9:00pm

Awesome! Thanks neetstuf-4-u!

Posted October 25, 2020 - 10:09am

1940 Bulova Ambassador D is a match.  Hopefully you can get it running again.  The mainsprings are fairly easy to find and not too expensive.

Posted October 25, 2020 - 11:24am

Thanks JimDon!

Posted October 26, 2020 - 4:59am

This watch could be one of two models, the Lone Eagle of the Ambassador.

The Panel may need to review all the entries we have to confirm the current IDs.

From what I can tell, the LE has a shorter lug curve than that of the Ambassador

 Bulova Lone Eagle vs Ambassador lugs

Crystal measurements may be defining, but these two have roughly the same 24 x 18

Was there another feature I've forgotten about tat separated the two models?

Posted October 27, 2020 - 3:39am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Yep and I think these are removable to adjust different bracelet widths.....but I could be wrong.

Posted October 27, 2020 - 2:16pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

They are removable, but only with a jeweler's saw and a really steady hand. My black face LE shows cut marks on lug ends under magnification.

Posted October 26, 2020 - 5:32am

Advert shows a short curved lug with (I think) extender. I think this matches the subject watch.

1940 Bulova Lone Eagle

Another 1941 advert front on view,

1941 Bulova Lone Eagle

..and a 1939 Bulova Ambassador (note the difference in lug transition)

1939 Bulova Ambassador