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Bulova 1947 His Excellency

Submitted by Margaret Bobbin on May 15, 2017 - 12:53pm
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I have had this watch for several years but do not remember how it happened that I have it.  It appears to be in very good condition.  It is 10K gold filled both yellow and rose gold but mainily yellow.  It works, I have had it runing for 2 days now and the time is right on time.  I did get the back off one time but did not record the movement serial number and now I can't get the movement to seperate from the back.  The band seems to be the original band and my research on this site led me to think that it could be a Statesman but there are soo many varieties of dials that I am not sure.Can anyone ID it for me?

1947 Bulova His Excellency watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
1947 Bulova watch
Margaret Bobbin
Posted May 15, 2017 - 12:59pm

I am considering having the watch cleaned and the case polished and getting a nice leather band and wearing it.  I like that look with a strap.

Reverend Rob
Posted May 15, 2017 - 9:40pm

I agree with getting a certified watchmaker to completely CTR the watch, to run it while dirty or dry or even overly oiled (common) can cause accelerated wear. Oftentimes the watchmaker will also polish the case and provide the band. 

I'm thinking Director. 

Posted May 17, 2017 - 12:17am

Its always a fight between Director or Statesman on these.. I'll go with Director for now. The reason for the difficult Movement seperation from the case is the use of a spacer between the case and stem opening. If all the parts are original you have to release the setscrew to pull stem out first and then lift up the Movement from the case. I recomend a qualified Watchmaker to do this.  The spacer is important to keep intact as well. JEV1A  "Time & Again" 

Geoff Baker
Posted May 18, 2017 - 6:16am

Hello Margaret, welcome to myBulova. This is a classy looking watch, a very popular style in the 1940's. I think the bracelet really makes the package complete. Prior to 1948-49 we generally date watch cases by the leading digit of the serial number. As your watch has a 6 it would be a 1946 case. I assume you dated to 1947 because of the movement code. Generally we date a watch to the newest component making yours 1947. The tricky part of all this is that in 1946 this watch carried a different name than it did in 1947. If it is a 1947, I suggest it's an "His Excellency" model. While I can't find an exact advert matching this style dial, I would go with His Ex ID.

Margaret Bobbin
Posted May 19, 2017 - 8:06pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Actually the date 1947 is a typo.  I believe it to be 1946 because of the case number.  I would like to correct the original post but can not seem to figure out how to do it.  so if it is a 46 is it a Director? 

Geoff Baker
Posted May 20, 2017 - 7:54am

In reply to by Margaret Bobbin

Margaret - what date code is on the movement? We can update if necessary.

Margaret Bobbin
Posted May 20, 2017 - 10:29am

In reply to by Geoff Baker


I could not get the movement to seperate from the back of the case to check the movement code.  The watch is currently at a jeweler being polished and the band cleaned but they refused to remove it from the case.  Said it is working and keeping perfect time---leave it alone--so.  I guess that at least for now  we can either go with the case number or let my typo stand.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.  This has renewed my interest in watches.



Posted May 18, 2017 - 7:33am

I agree if we are going with the 1947 date, then we would id as His Excellency. Not sure of variant, but here is a 47 ad that shows similar watch.

Posted May 19, 2017 - 2:18am

Agree, HE it will