Bulova 1968 Ambassador

Submitted by gmmy775 on February 25, 2020 - 11:10pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
F 763867
Case shape
Crystal Details
31.75 Dia x 3.85 Depth mm, out of watch
Additional Information

1968 BULOVA Ambassador Date Micro-Rotor Automatic 17 jewel, two-piece stem

Case:                    Stainless Steel w/ 14K yellow gold bezel, one piece, made in W. Germany 

                              Diameter w/o crown or sleeve:  34.95 mm

                              Depth w/o crystal:                      5.20   mm

                              Length w/ Lugs:                         40.50 mm

                              Inside Lugs Width:                     17.60 mm

Movement:            Bulova 12EBACD (Buren cal. 1322) Micro-Rotor Automatic w/Date

Movement Engraving:     12EBACD; BULOVA WATCH CO; 17 Jewels Seventeen; Unadjusted; Swiss; M8;                                  BXW

Caseback Inscriptons:     BULOVA; 14K Gold Bezel; Stainless Steel Back; Shock Resistant; F 763867;                                              M8; Anti-Magnetic; Self Winding; Waterproof

Inside Case:                    Stamped: W. Germany; 3N98 in ink

Watch is very accurate.   Starts beating with slightest movement



Dial View
Watch with Band
Watch back view
Exploded view
Posted February 26, 2020 - 12:49am

Certainly part of the Bulova Ambassador series, but I'm having a hard time finding this exact style to determine the variant.

The two elements I'm trying to match are the dial texture and hands. We have adverts showing a similar watch with non-textured dial and lumed hands.

Posted February 26, 2020 - 2:17am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Shrinking the photos down lowered the resolution to the point that the depth of the dial texture isn't so apparent.  It is quite pronounced, like a lateral texture that is expertly added to a gold band with a hart bur, and very metallic.  The hands do not look like they have ever been removed.  The dial has a pronounced dome, leveling out about where the indices end.  The dial is correct for the movement, as a flat dial would have a 12ECACD.  I will look around and see what additional data I can find.  When I opened it up there were two watchmaker marks near the ink stamp, but it doesn't have any obvious signs of handling.  It went back together beautifully.

Posted February 26, 2020 - 2:35am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Just found this with a duckduckgo image search.  the url is: duckduckgo.com/?q=1968+Bulova+Ambassador+with+Gold+bezel&t=chromentp&ia=images .  It is from a watchtalkforums page.  Everything is identical, except the crown.  I was skeptical of the crown on mine anyway.  My experience with split-stem Burens is that the crown and stem get lost fairly easily.  Will be looking for an original crownWatchtalkforums image

Posted February 26, 2020 - 2:44am

In reply to by gmmy775

I downloaded the image, without the photobucket watermark and blur.  Don't know how to upload it without using email.  watchtalkforums says the band in this photo is the original

Posted February 26, 2020 - 2:59am

found another identical one on ebay with this title:XXXXXXXXXXXXX  Active ebay reference removed by admin  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  It is from Vancouver, Canada and they are asking almost $500 US for it.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 26, 2020 - 10:12pm

In reply to by gmmy775

Hi gmmy775 - I edited out your eBay reference, we prefer not to see links or references to active auctions. Thanks for understanding

Geoff Baker
Posted February 26, 2020 - 10:14pm

I agree that it's Ambassador, no variance found

1968 Bulova Ambassador

Posted February 26, 2020 - 11:16pm

1968 Ambassador - no variant found yet.

Posted February 27, 2020 - 10:50pm

1968 Ambassador - no variant.  Yet!