Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???
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    Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    Hi, I'm brand new here, and am looking for some info on an old Bulova watch I have. It is rectangular in shape, and has a small sweep second hand dial at the six o'clock position of the watch face. On the back it says "10k gold filled", with "Bulova" underneath that. There is a serial # on the opposite end of the case. It does work. Here are a couple of rather poor pictures:












    If anyone has any info on the history and or value (if any) of this watch, I'd really appreciate it.

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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    I could have probably drawn better pictures than those......I'll try again.




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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    The back is easily removed on these. It is only a press fit (and, as a consequence, not water resistant). A movement pic would help. Case markings can often be used to date. (Someone recently posted the date codes/symbols for Bulova. Very useful.) Watches of this general design were popular from the late 30's to the 50's.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    It looks like an "His Excellency" from the late 40's or early 50's. It would need to have a 21 jewel movement though, otherwise its a different model (like maybe a "dewey" or "squadron", which have similar rectangular cases, but with 17 jewel movements).
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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    here's the date codes again, the 24-48 can be found on the movement and 49 to present will be on the case and movement
    Bulova: 1924-1948


    Post 1949

    L M N P T A
    0 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
    1 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
    2 1952 1962 1972 1982 1992 2002
    3 1953 1963 1973 1983 1993 2003
    4 1954 1964 1974 1984 1994 2004
    5 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005
    6 1956 1966 1976 1986 1996 2006
    7 1957 1967 1977 1987 1997 2007
    8 1958 1968 1978 1988 1998 2008
    9 1959 1969 1979 1989 1999 2009
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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    Here are a couple of pictures of the movement, not sure how clear they will come out. I does say "21 jewel" on the movement.





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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    After doing a little more investigating....I believe this is a 1948 "His Excellency" UU model. Can anyone possibly reccommend someone who could do a little refurbishing on this watch?

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    Re: Old Bulova Watch Identification/Value???

    It does appear to be a "his excelency". a place to refurbish it would depend on if you want to send it away or have it done locally.


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