Bulova 1947 Her Excellency

Submitted by tshanno on April 25, 2020 - 12:59pm
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Calling this a 1947 Miss Excellency "RR".

The movement is a 1947 6AK.  It has 21 jewels.   The case is marked "Bulova New York".  Its 14 K gold filled. 

The serial number on the case starts with an "H" so I don't know what to make of that.

There are no Miss Excellencies in the database that I can find but this looks like the. ad to me.  The ad is 1949.

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miss excellency ad
Posted April 25, 2020 - 1:13pm

I forgot to mention that the watch is rose gold.  The ad looks like its yellow gold.

Kathy L.
Posted April 25, 2020 - 7:52pm

It is definitely a Her Excellency.  It is most likely the "G" variant like this one https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1948-her-excellency-10310 but there is not an ad showing the "G" with this dial to verify that so that would make it a generic HE like this one https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1948-her-excellency-11119.  These are lovely models, congrats.  Somewhere there is a discussion on the letter in the serial # of the ladies models in the 1940s indicates the year, A=1940, B=1941, C=1942, D=1943, E=1944, F=1945, G=1946, H=1947, I=1948, J=1949.  This is just a theory but seems to hold true imo

1947 Bulova Her Excellency

Posted April 25, 2020 - 8:01pm

Yes, there’s a lot to recommend this. I didn’t go with it because I couldn’t find an ad with this case style that had Arabic numerals on the dial. 

However, in your support a. The ad is rose gold and b. My watch has a bit of a cut out on the side that you can see in the second photo. The Miss Excellency ad doesn’t appear to have it. But with a little imagination I think I can see it in your Her Excellency ad. 

So I think you may have the right of it. 

Posted April 26, 2020 - 2:15am

The advert shown with the watch is not a match so I'll remove to save any future confusion.

The Her Excellency "F" might be a match....still looking...

1947 Bulova Her Excellency watches

Posted April 26, 2020 - 7:18am

I'll agree, it's a 1947 Her Excellency - variant pending.

I did research on the letter serial numbers in the ladies 1940's I think about a year ago, and posted a s/n matrix (in a PM to Panel) that I think was lost during the last site update. Unfortunately I didn't save it in my own database. (Search all, 1940-49, ladies, looked at case s/n's vs mvmt date codes) As I recall, letter first s/n's didn't appear for all models, but rather seemed to be model or line specific, like it was perhaps a trial run. The letter/year correlation was pretty clear, with movement date codes aligning with letter based s/n's showing a few exceptions that could be explained by movement swaps - imo.

Posted April 26, 2020 - 10:52am

I agree this is a Her Excellency F case.  Here is a good 1947 ad showing the case and the color variants. Not sure what the pink with this dial variant number would be.

1947 Her Excellency  

Geoff Baker
Posted April 26, 2020 - 10:22pm

I would suggest no variant but I'm all in for this being a 1947 Bulova Her Excellency