Bulova 1947 His Excellency

Submitted by Jim Townsend on May 8, 2012 - 8:02pm
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Jim Townsend
Posted May 9, 2012 - 7:42pm

Either this is not an American Eagle or my pictures suck or both.

Posted May 9, 2012 - 8:09pm

Jim, consider this:  your watch has notches where the lug overlaps the bezel, whereas the American Eagle--as shown in the ad--does not appear to have those notches.

Take a look at the following ad and photo and let me know what you think.

Contrast that ad and photo with this ad for the 1947 His Excellency.  I would, by the way, date your watch to 1947 based on the case serial number.

There are several His Excellency variants with this same case, so the safest course would be to rename your watch the "His Excellency" without a variant designation, unless you want to get in a heated debate about the possible differences between all the variants.

P.S.  Just one year earlier, in 1946, this same model was called the Statesman.  So the correct date really matters here.


Here's another ad from 1948, where they kept things simple and just called it the "His Excellency".

Jim Townsend
Posted May 10, 2012 - 4:43am

Thanks Lisa is it possible that the movement is a 46 as it has the square symbol. And the case a 47?

Posted May 10, 2012 - 8:55am

In reply to by Jim Townsend

Yes, that's quite common, actually, to see the movement dated one year prior to (or one year after) the case.  No worries there.  The latest date would be the case, and that would be the one you want to go with.

Jim Townsend
Posted May 10, 2012 - 5:14pm

Thanks Lisa :-)

William Smith
Posted May 31, 2012 - 3:53am

Cool Jim.  The check count was reset to "no checks" when you changed the root ID name.  Thanks Stephen for setting this up. 

Jim Townsend
Posted May 31, 2012 - 4:36pm

I didnt all i did was put it not for sale i seen it was listed as 4 sale?

William Smith
Posted May 31, 2012 - 5:15pm

In reply to by Jim Townsend

I wonder if that reset the number of checks, or if no panel member had voted yet.  I had not voted until now.  The checks changed from zero checks to three checks, based solely on one panel member vote- mine.  I removed my vote of three checks, and it returned to no checks.  This indicates to me that no one else had voted, and the checks were displayed by only my vote.   It would be useful, IMO, to see the number of votes representing the model ID rating, as a vote of confirmed by one member does not carry the same weight as say 3 or 7 votes constituting the checks displayed.  This information is not available the way the checks are now displayed.  Perhaps there could be another field next to the check rating indicating the number of panel member votes from which the checks are derived.  IMO-It would be an easy way to indicate the relative "strength" of the checks w/o complicating the process.

Jim Townsend
Posted May 31, 2012 - 6:48pm

Good idea Will i agree. It did have 3 checks  before i changed it to not for sale. I must have missed something what happend to the star rating and what are the checks? Seems to me only the symbol has changed.