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Bulova 1936 Adele

Submitted by KodachromeCrawford on May 17, 2022 - 12:17pm
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Hello everyone! Adding another Bulova to the database. I'm thinking it is a Lady Excellency A. It seems to be a match to the part advert. Looking to see what you all think! Thanks!

Posted May 17, 2022 - 12:25pm

I thought I would also include a close up of the Bulova stamp that is on the back of the case! It is different than the others I have (not sure if it is because it is plated and not gold filled maybe).05/17/2022

Posted May 17, 2022 - 1:25pm

Hmmm so looking at the ad I realize that it says the watches in this line are 21 jewels and are gold filled… not seven jewels and gold plated like mine, so now I have no idea what this is. The general case shape seems to match the ad though. 

Posted May 18, 2022 - 9:02am

Hmmmm. Case certainly appears to be a match, but jewel count and face differ from ad. I would be inclined to say this is a Lady Excellency with a different yet unknown variant letter.

1946 Lady Excellency.

On an interesting note, this is the only watch I find to be submitted bearing this  7AL movement. There is a movement photo in "Movements" without a watch. It is also dated 1946. If confirmed, this is the first Lady Excellency submission as well.

Posted May 18, 2022 - 10:55am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Thanks Bob, that is a great point, it could very well be a variant of the Lady Excellency! How exciting, it is always fun to add a first to the database! 

Posted May 18, 2022 - 10:07pm

I am not so sure this is a Her Excellency.   The lugs on the HE clearly shows three ridges and based on clearer ad photos the lugs are definitely different on this one.  Based on this and the jewel count I am at unknown. 

Posted May 19, 2022 - 9:10am

In reply to by JimDon5822

Just to clarify, are you saying that you believe this is not a Her Excellency or a Lady Excellency? The ad that I posted on here is for a Lady Excellency. I only found one other partial ad that shows it in which I cannot really tell (and it seems to not match this ad for a Lady Excellency as the other ad shows diamonds). 

Kathy L.
Posted May 19, 2022 - 3:16pm

I believe this is a 1936 ladies watch.  The style and B-10K all say 1930s to me.  I have looked but haven't found an ad yet.  On the movement, even though the DB has it as 1946, that doesn't mean it wasn't made for many more years than that.  Those are only the ones that have been documented here.  It is not uncommon for movements to be around 10+ years.

Unknown for now

Kathy L.
Posted May 19, 2022 - 3:33pm

Here we go :-) Grand Rapids Press Friday, Dec 11, 1936


New Orleans  Sunday, May 17, 1936


1936 Bulova Cleopatra

Posted May 19, 2022 - 3:42pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Yay!!! Thank you so much Kathy, you are AWESOME!!! You are definitely a super sleuth!!!

Kathy L.
Posted May 19, 2022 - 4:31pm

In reply to by KodachromeCrawford

You are very welcome!  First for the DB too!