Bulova 1947 Her Excellency

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Hi all

I think this may be a H.E. J  but I would appreciate members comments to help verify its identity

the movement is a 21 jewej 6BA. it marked 47 and stamped Bulova watch co.

The case is stamped 10k Gold Filled Bulova and has the serial number 792533

The watch is in nice condition and is running but needs servicing as it gains about an hour per day. It also has an engaving on the back which looks as though it was given as a gift to some ladiy.

I am not sure about the band. It does seem to match quite well but I can't find a match for it. 

The crown is stamped Bulova

1947 Bulova Her Excellency watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
William Smith
Posted May 14, 2015 - 4:38pm

Your watch sure does look like the various HE's in that ad you supply above.  Full version here.  It shares HE characteristics, and looks very similar to models in this other Her Excellency ad also from 1947.

I've been looking for an exact match (and possibly a tentative variant designation) but to no avail.

I'm good with a tentative 1947 Her Excellency for your watch ID.

Posted May 14, 2015 - 7:40pm

Tentative 47 HE

Posted May 15, 2015 - 4:11am


Yes l had looked at that ad to, but l think it looked more like the HH J  variation because of the two humps at each end of the bezel . I know that black and white ad is not to clear but l increased the size and you can just make out those two distinct sort of humps at the ends of the bezel.  But which ever variaton it is l definatly think its a H H.  as these seem to be the only ladies watches with this jewel count.

Posted May 15, 2015 - 8:13am

Many of the HE ladies watches had variations of the same lug design, such as square corners and cut corners. The ads showing subject watch's lugs all appear to have square corners; subject watch has cut corners. I think we are on track with this being an HE and with the correct jewel count, but w/o supporting ad I am tentative.

Posted May 15, 2015 - 12:36pm

Hi Andersok I have increased the size of the image and enhanced it you can see the two fingers that end on the bezel also the cut away corners like the watch above

regards George

Posted May 15, 2015 - 9:55pm

In reply to by donegd


Subject watch and watch in the advert above are different. The above HE has a square crystal. I've seen the corner cut crystal shape before and think it came from a Lady Bulova.... Searching now.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 16, 2015 - 6:11am

Yeah, I don't think we have a match here either. Assuming there hasn't been a movement swap this SHOULD be an Her Excellency because of the 21 jewel movement but I cannot find anything that proves it.

Unknown. I really don't think we can ID as Her Excellency.

Posted May 16, 2015 - 6:18am

The nearest ad I have found is for a H.E. A this has the same shaped crystal and altough the ad is in B & W and very grainy it does look similar  1946 ad will try and up load it

Posted May 17, 2015 - 5:44am

There is an identical watch just gone up on ebay  so l am presuming the movement and band are original as l wouldn't imagine that anyone swapping  parts would come up with the identical match to the one above.  -------link to active eBay listing removed------not allowed per site rules-----admin-----

Posted May 17, 2015 - 8:42am

My apologies about that admin l was just trying to show that there seems to be other examples of this model out there.

I have looked through as many ads as l can find, an this watch seems to be a cross between a HE A and HE C