Bulova 1947 His Excellency

Submitted by gmmy775 on March 18, 2020 - 5:03pm
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21.65L X 17.45w mm, Domed glass
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Bulova Tank Watch  21j AK7 movement date code 47  Case serial 7531837 14K Gold Filled

Case Dimensions:

        Width w/o Crown:          22.85 mm w/lugs, 21.25 mm wo/lugs

        Length:                          32.85 mm w/lugs, 28.50 mm wo/lugs

        Depth:                             6.15 mm wo/crystal, 9.25 mm w.crystal

        Lug Width:                    16.00 mm

        Crystal:                         21.65L x 17.45W mm, in watch.  Domed glass, chip in lower edge

        Crown:                            5.25 mm diameter

        Engraving on inside case back;  BULOVA; 14K Gold Filled; New York 

        Engraving on outside case back:  14K Gold Filled; BULOVA; 7531837 

Movement:  Bulova AK7 21 Jewel Hand Wind

        Engraving on Movement:   U.S.A.; Bulova Watch Co; 21 Jewels; 7AK, 47

Notes:  Sandwich layer of case metal exhibits oxidation;  Gold cladding on face of crown wore off;  Balance spins freely, but movement will not start




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Geoff Baker
Posted March 19, 2020 - 10:04pm

Yellow or rose gold?

Geoff Baker
Posted March 20, 2020 - 9:19pm

In reply to by gmmy775

I thought so. In 1947 these watches all were called His Excellencies although as far as I can tell there is no variant for the rose/copper version.

1947 Bulova His Excellency. one of my favorites

Geoff Baker
Posted March 21, 2020 - 10:06pm

In reply to by gmmy775

...not so fast friend, there are many of us on the panel. Together we work. A virtual Brother and Sisterhood of Bulophanatics. I'm just one of the crazies (maybe not even the craziest).

Posted March 21, 2020 - 10:39pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

sense of humor is a plus!  I agree that I have received sage advice and empirical knowledge from all "The Panel" as a whole....you just have been the most visible lately.

Posted March 22, 2020 - 11:52am

Just like one of mine seen here.

Haven't been able to assign a variant, but it's a 1947 His Excellency. Ad below is dated 1947.

1947 HE

Posted March 24, 2020 - 1:26pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

No surprise to me that your specimen is in much nicer shape than most.  I do believe that acquiring fine examples of any of these pre-50's models is something of a black art, that is only mastered over time.