Bulova 1940 Ambassador

Submitted by bsshog40 on April 2, 2015 - 5:50pm
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Movement is also stamped  Bulova Watch Co.  "AAA" USA.

Case is stamped "B-10K Gold Filled"

I'm thinking this is an Ambassador A but I'm not certain.

bsshog40 1939 Bulova 04 03 2015
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
Posted April 2, 2015 - 5:52pm

Thank you for any help!

Posted April 2, 2015 - 6:26pm

Hi Bsshog40. Nice Bulova you have. I'm not certain which model it is either. All the 1939 ads I've found show the Ambassador has the 21 jewel movement, but in a 10k rolled gold plated case. The 1939 Montgomery and the Oxford which look similar are shown to have a 10k gold filled case, but with 17 jewel movements. Now; I just looked at the case serial number on yours and it starts with a "0" which would indicate a 1940 model. Let me do some more searching. Maybe something changed in 1940.

Posted April 2, 2015 - 6:51pm

In reply to by 1955mercury

I'm getting closer. I found this 1942 ad showing the Ambassador with a 10k gold filled case and the 21 jewel movement.

Looks like a match. Ambassador "B".


William Smith
Posted April 2, 2015 - 6:55pm

Looks like an ad  match to me.
Ambassador "B".  Nice watch, good ad find.

Posted April 2, 2015 - 7:25pm

Awesome guys! Thanks a bunch!

Posted April 2, 2015 - 7:35pm

It also runs very well. Is it hard to find original bands and pins for these?

Posted April 2, 2015 - 8:31pm

In reply to by bsshog40

It will probably be difficult finding an original band unless money is no object for you. Your best bet is to get a leather band and manuever it over the curved lugs on your watch. The pins shouldn't be a problem to find.

Posted April 2, 2015 - 7:37pm

Ambassador "B"

Posted April 2, 2015 - 8:11pm

So when I look at the bulova's by model, it doesn't show an ammbassador in 1942, but does in 1940. So this is actually a 1940 Ambassador B correct?

Posted April 2, 2015 - 8:26pm

In reply to by bsshog40

The case on yours is a 1940. We can determine that by the serial number starting with a "0". The movement should have an omega symbol or a shield symbol stamped on it if it is original to the watch case. The ad I posted is from 1942 because that is the closest one I could find that matches your watch.