Bulova 1948 His Excellency

Submitted by What Does Your… on October 23, 2019 - 7:53am
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Panle member Geoff Baker suggested I post here from another forum for further discussion.

This is a 1948 (serial number 8740132) 14k pink gold filled Treasurer case.  The movement however is a 1947 10BC with 21 jewels and adjusted.

This movement of course has no holes for movement ring screws.  Looking at movement ring I can't see any evidence of marring from screw heads.

The dial is salmon colourd and has gold hands.

1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted October 23, 2019 - 9:32pm

Thanks "What does....." I don't think your watch is a Treasurer, I think it's an His Excellency. I don't remember for certain but I think the name jumped in either 1947 or 1948 and Treasurer became His Excellency. This advert (from 1947) show the watch in yellow, pink (rose) or white and also shows the dial you have. A one year difference in movement to case is very common and is not a concern. I think it's a 1948 His Excellency

1948 Bulova His Excellency 

PS- one of my ALL TIME favorite Bulova watches

What Does Your…
Posted October 24, 2019 - 9:33am

Thank you for your help and guidance on this one Geoff, very much appreciated.

I was thrown off by the movement, because I thought all the HE models had 10AK movements.

It's also one of my favorite Bulova designs and rarely comes up for sale around here, (south-western Ontario, Canada).  In 30 years I've only seen four in the wild.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 24, 2019 - 10:23pm

In reply to by What Does Your…

Southwestern Ontario sounds close to where I lived for almost 20 years in south EASTERN, Michigan (translation = Detroit area)

Geoff Baker
Posted October 25, 2019 - 9:46pm

In reply to by What Does Your…

Never saw any episodes of SCTV but we listened to Stuart MacLean's Vinyl Cafe every Saturday morning on CKLW.

"We may not be big but we're small".

Posted October 25, 2019 - 6:31am

From the adverts, your watch is a match for the 1947 Bulova His Excellency. Pink gold variant not confirmed.

Kathy L.
Posted October 25, 2019 - 8:35am

One of my favorite 40's men's watches.  The case design and the salmon color dial really make it a stand out.  I agree that this would be a His Excellency.

1948 Bulova His Excellency

What Does Your…
Posted October 25, 2019 - 11:29am

In reply to by Kathy L.

Thank you Kathy L. for your thoughts on this one.

I originally passed it over and after going back to the same palce over several months and always seing it, I decided to buy it.

Posted October 27, 2019 - 4:02pm

Welcome! Very nice example of the 1948 His Excellency