Bulova 1948 -Unknown

Submitted by ddean on October 4, 2012 - 9:33am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
48 (A8)
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
21.6mm X17.6mm
Additional Information

1948 Diamond Dial 21Jewel Excellency "LL"

7AA which was started in 1949, so is this a early 1949 with 1948 movement symbol? or late 1948? or replacement movement?

L3 date stamp on movement

3 (untested) diamonds

Applied Gold numbers on a Champagne colored dial with Black tracks, Bulova signed 10K Gold filled bezel and back.

Speidel  band

(October 7, 2012) Updated image 4 with picture of movement symbol 48.



Bulova Excellency "LL"
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
Posted October 4, 2012 - 10:43am

The Movement datestamp is L3


Posted October 4, 2012 - 11:00am

With the date and 21J I believe that this is a Director model.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 4, 2012 - 8:02pm

I see the L3 but what is the case back date stamp? This could be a late 40's model with a replacement movement. Dave - are you saying 1948 Director?

Posted October 4, 2012 - 8:31pm

The case back date stamp is 48.

Posted October 4, 2012 - 8:47pm

In reply to by ddean

If you look under the Bulova on the outside of the case back, it loks like that is L3 as well.

Which would match the movement for date.

William Smith
Posted October 5, 2012 - 4:18am

In reply to by Daca102090

ddean states A8 (1948) on caseback. Looks like he's right, but I can't see for sure.

Posted October 5, 2012 - 4:10am

His Excellency "LL", jewel count, case, dial a match, apart from the diamonds, which could have been added when bought. Advert from 1949. Date is correct.

Stunning watch, ddean!

William Smith
Posted October 5, 2012 - 4:11am

His Excellency "LL" has stainless steel back in 1949 ad below:

Posted October 5, 2012 - 4:36am

This case was also used for the 1951 Academy Award "ZZ".