Bulova 1949 Tuxedo

Submitted by Bob Bruno on April 27, 2010 - 4:02pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
49 (A9)
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
2610842 A9
Case shape
Additional Information

The watch was purchased as New Old Stock.

3 Diamond dial    

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Wayne Hanley
Posted July 19, 2011 - 3:49am

The 1948 ad of the Director shows the same dial as Bob's watch. However, the Director in the ad depicts only one hump on the vertical sides of the bezel, while the watch above has 5 humps/bumps.

This is a very beautiful watch and needs to have the proper name. We have two additional 1949 watches in the database with the Director name, and have the same hump/bumps case.

Posted July 19, 2011 - 5:55am

Hmmm, Wayne maybe onto something....

The ID of this watch as a Director was based on 2 factors, first the unique dial and second the side humps. But as Wayne points out the number of humps diffres greatly.

We also have a 1949 (Christmas period) ad show a totally different Direct watch.


So for now my vote (and again its only my vote) is to give it a 2 star rating as a Director until such time that we can disprove that it's not or prove that it is.

Posted July 19, 2011 - 8:40am

Wayne is right on this one, This is not a Director model. The 1948 ad only shows a similar diamond dial. The case is completely different, 1st it's gold plated, the 1948 Director is solid 14K, also came with a regular dial and it has a bi faceted crystal that peat in the middle at the "hump" in the bezel.

This watch has very heavy lugs with shoulders, not to mention the engraving. The Director is powered by a 21Jewel 7AK.

I have this watch as well, dated 49 and using a 17 Jewel 8AC.

Last, The 1949 Xmas ad shows a completely different watch named Director.

My vote goes 1 star for "unknown" . I'll Post the Director shortly.

Bob Bruno
Posted July 19, 2011 - 10:21am

Hi guys, don't know if this will help but this is the vendors original description BULOVA "Engraved Tank" Excellency NEW OLD STOCK


Of course you realize if you find my watch is not a director I'm gonna have to reshoot for my webpage :(


Wayne Hanley
Posted July 20, 2011 - 12:15am

I believe this is an Academy Award Case. Is your movement an 17j or 21j Bob? The dial doesn't match any Academy Award watch that I know of.

There are two other watches in the database cased & dialed like Bob's watch with the Director title, and both are 8AC 17j movements, not indicative of the 21j Academy Award.

Bob Bruno
Posted July 20, 2011 - 8:16am

Wayne mine is 17 j. Can't check the movement because I'm away from home.

Wayne Hanley
Posted July 20, 2011 - 8:16pm

1950 ad check bottom right corner. Index T in the ad shows the Excellency with 5 bump case with 21j movement and different dial.

Bulova 1950 Vintage Advert

Bob Bruno
Posted July 24, 2011 - 9:22am

Checked the mvt today. It's a 17 j  8ac.

Wayne Hanley
Posted July 24, 2011 - 12:54pm

The case is a 5 bump engraved His Excellency SS, but the movement should be 21j as advetised.

However, having three of the exact manufacturing year, case, dial & 17j 8AC movement in the database leads me to believe that this model Excellency was available in both 21j & 17j, but we just don't have proof in the ads we have. Three exact same watches in our database is not coincidence in my opinion.


Bob Bruno
Posted July 26, 2011 - 12:27am

So what is the consensus of this watch? Should I list it as an Excellency or a unknown.