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Bulova 1949 -Unknown

Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1949

Movement Model: 

unknown

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

1599715

Case shape: 

Rectangle

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

This looks similar to the Bulova 1949 Tuxedo on this site but the case is a little different. I am interested in the year and model, and if the band would have been original or a replacement. The Speidel band is marked 10K G.F. TOPS 62. Since the watch works and I don't know how to open it, I did not get any movement photos.

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1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted May 30, 2019 - 10:20am

Hi Dave8647, welcome to mybulova. Nice watch.

Your watch case matches this one (His Excellency)

https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1948-his-excellency-9498

with a case/face combination  matching this one in the unknowns.

https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1951-unknown-8394

We have had several debates on this watch configuration without consensus on what they are. It appears to be a legitimate model as opposed to a jeweler "face bling", but is still an unknown due to the absence of ad documentation.

Band is a replacement. The Twist-O-Flex band didn't appear until 1959 I believe. Best guess is your watch came on brown  leather.

I'm inclined to call it a tentative His Excellency if you can confirm jewel count is 21J.

 

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 30, 2019 - 11:12am

Welcome to myBulova!  These watches with the diamond dials are very cool, congrats.

I found two 1949 ads with your dial but a different case.  These ads came from two different jewelers so they were probably models. As with yours being the second we have seen.

I will go with a tenative by the case for now until we find an ad with this dial.

1949 Bulova His Excellency (tenative case only)

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted June 2, 2019 - 1:09am

dave8647, any chance of movement details. I'd like to confirm the movement jewel count, before giving an ID.