Description:  1949 Her Excellency

Model Name

Her Excellency

Case Date

Unknown

Case Serial

I559897

Signature Locations

Inside case, outside case, movement, dial, crown

Case Signature Format

Inside - "Bulova, New York"

Outside - "Bulova"

Movement

6BA, 21 Jewels, no adjustments indicated, USA

Movement Date Code

1949

Case Material Description

14K Gold Filled (rose)

Case Dimensions

27mm lug to lug x 16.5mm without crown

Case Type

Snap back, square

Crystal Specifications

11.4mm x 11.4mm (G-S CS325, BB S1140/114)

Other Details

 

NOTES:  This is one of a growing number of watches in my collection that has a serial number beginning with a letter rather than a number.  I now have examples of this phenomenon dating from 1940 to 1949.  This serial number configuration is quite common starting in 1955, but is not the norm for the 1940s.  The significance or meaning of the various leading letters is not yet known.  It is worth noting that I only see this serial number format in ladies' models prior to 1955; from that date forward, it occurs in both men's and ladies' models.  There is no date code on the case itself, and there is an inside signature, which means the case fits the profile of an earlier, rather than later, time frame.   I feel comfortable using the movement date code as the best way to date this watch.

 

The case on this watch is shaped just like the Her Excellency "C" variant.  The ad we have for the "C" variant specifies that it comes in pink gold (as well as the yellow gold shown for the "C"), but we do not know if the pink gold version would have been assigned a different variant letter.  It seems likely that it would, and, since we don't know what that variant designation is, I have labeled this model without a variant designation.  The ad for the Her Excellency "C" is included below for reference.

 

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1949 Her Excellency

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