Bulova 1953 Ambassador

Submitted by Reverend Rob on April 25, 2017 - 11:19pm
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I think this may be an Ambassador. This belongs to a customer and is not slated for any work, just recording the watch for posterity.

17j 10BT from the AS 1200 ebauche.

1958 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
1953 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted April 27, 2017 - 5:50am

Rob - is it possible this is a 1953 date code? We have this Ambassador E, but is's a '53 model.

Posted April 28, 2017 - 11:57pm

It's certainly a match for the 1953 Bulova Ambassador, and the series did continue on in this squared style at least up to 1958. 

At the moment I'm thinking 1958 Bulova Ambassador until we prove that it wasn't available in this configuration at this time.

Any history on the watch Rob?

Reverend Rob
Posted April 29, 2017 - 12:22am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Just a watch picked up recently by a customer, so no real history unfortunately. 

Geoff Baker
Posted April 29, 2017 - 7:13am

In reply to by Reverend Rob

Rob - are you dating it from the photo? I really think tthat "8" is a "3"

Reverend Rob
Posted April 29, 2017 - 10:11am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I have the high res version of the pic and it does look like an 8, but I will see if I can get the watch in hand again to be sure. 

Posted April 29, 2017 - 7:34am

It is a good match to the Ambassador "E", and I find this model in ads up through 1956. The pricelists still show this model number into the 60s; but all of the ads post '56 show the automatic versions of Ambassadors. Tentative with 1958 date, but if 1953 is correct then I am good with the "E" variant.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 4, 2017 - 5:36am

Panel, what say you, can we update to a 1953 Ambassador E?

Posted May 4, 2017 - 5:46am

Agree with Ambassador "E"

Posted May 6, 2017 - 12:12am

One thing that might also help us determine the age, is that the 10BT movement is only represented in watches up to 1954 in the database, suggesting that the movement in this watch is dated 1953. 

So I'm good with a tentative 1953 Bulova Ambassador "E"