Bulova 1946 His Excellency

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Full white metal case marked "10K Gold Filled" and "Bulova" in addition to the serial number on the back.  Inside Marked "Bulova", Fifth Ave", "New York". Expansion Band appears original. I think this is a "American Eagle".

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Posted March 4, 2020 - 8:37pm

The case was used for a number of different models. We will need to focus on the dial and hands combination to determine if this is another model or a something else.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 4, 2020 - 10:05pm

I would date this watch to 1947 based on the case serial number. the case style for 1947 would be His Excellency but there might be a dial (movement?) swap.

Case- 1947 His Excellency DD  Movement/Dial- 1947 His Excellency UU

I suggest this is a 1947 Bulova His Excellency noting a possible dial/movement swap (the hands are much earlier, maybe late 20's )

M Watchman
Posted March 4, 2020 - 10:33pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Maybe a "TT" but with swapped hands as noted, seems to have the same dial and expansion band too?  I am just not finding the white gold option.........

M Watchman
Posted March 4, 2020 - 10:22pm

Learning a LOT here!!!


Geoff Baker
Posted March 6, 2020 - 9:57pm

Panel - thoughts?

Kathy L.
Posted March 7, 2020 - 10:57am

Nice looking watch!  I would go with a generic HE and I would be good with going with the case and giving it a "DD" variant as well.

1947 Bulova His Excellency "DD"

Posted March 7, 2020 - 2:37pm

I am good with 1947 Bulova His Excellency with replaced hands and possible dial swap.  closest ad is below but font on dial is definitely different.  21 Nov 1947 Chicago Tribune ad.

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Posted March 7, 2020 - 5:03pm

If the white gold case was dated 1946, I would say Statesman. As it's dated 1947, It's a His Excellency case. Watch as presented appears to have the same dial as this one, only reversed colors. A variant was never determined.


"DD" was a yellow gold case, and although face appears the same configuration as the "UU", it's the wrong color (gray vs. white) I'm inclined to call this generic His Excellency for the time being. Face and case both match a HE of the time frame, but no specific variant.

1947 His Excellency, noting replaced hands, and possibility of refinished or replaced dial