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Bulova 1947 Statesman "C"

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I second guessed myself a half a dozen times before concluding this is a 1947 Director ("C"?). This was a pretty confusing one, as 3 different watches used the same case with a 21J 7AK within a 3 year period. White gold plate with a slate dial with even numbers and squares for the odd. Lugs are polished and sides are a buff finish.

Statesman in 1946/47 was the same case with a full numbered dial and same movement. It changed to the His Excellency in 1947/48, also w/full numbered dial.

Director was in this case in I believe 1945 to 1947 configured as seen in subject watch.

Available in yellow, rose or white. In 1949 (by documented watches), the Director went to the small case w/ribs between the lugs and was also available in 3 colors. We have determined yellow was "A" and white was "C" in that style.

If Bulova maintained consistency, logic would say that subject watch is a Director "C" in white.

Ad is dated 1946 and shows Director with this face as well as Statesman w/same case and different face. Note ad calls out 3 colors of gold at bottom.

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Club 5000Panel Member
Posted December 28, 2018 - 9:14pm

Not sure I'm seeing the difference. Ver subtle , but I think we are saying that the Director has straight, squared off lugsm were-as the Statesment has rounded and curved, is that correct?

1946/47 Statesmen Vs Director

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Posted December 28, 2018 - 9:33pm

Ok I can see the difference now. Subject watch is certainly a better match for the Statesmen case.

Although I still have an issue with the strap being leather. Might not matter though in this case if the case is unique to the model.

Kathy L.
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Posted December 29, 2018 - 11:24am

I really love these gray dials.  

1947 Bulova Statesman "C"