1931 Bulova / Any idea on the model please?

I I have a 1931 17 Jewels Bulova watch but cannot find any model info on this.  Does anyone have any idea what this may be? I found this in my deceased fathers belongings. Any value ideas would help also.

 

Thanks Greg

simpletreasures
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:02pm

PM sent!

NOVA
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:14pm

Skyscraper?  There's a 1932 model in the database.

simpletreasures
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:16pm

Greg, add this watch to the data base under the dropdown menu for "add a watch" and fill in all the info including all markings on the caseback , inside and outside, and any other info you can locate. It appears that the movement is indeed a 1931.

GregP50
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:19pm

I will definately do that right now! Thank for the advise on getting this going here! Is this thing a rare find? As i could not find anything on this watch in the internet world!!!

simpletreasures
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:24pm

Since there is only one in the data base, and it belongs to our founder and site admin.
I'd say Hell yes ;-)

NOVA
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:18pm

Nice one, Greg.  Please do add it to the database.

simpletreasures
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:19pm

Looks like a Skyscraper like Lisa said, check the 31, 32, 33 ads in the data base.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:26pm

There is no data to back up the Model name 'SKY SCRAPER' - just thought I'd toss that one out there.

Great Watch!

NOVA
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:28pm

True.  I've been looking for an ad and haven't found one yet. 

Whether it's truly called the Skyscraper or not, it's a rare find.

simpletreasures
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:30pm

I'll let admin deal with that, unless you'd like to tell him? I'm not going anywhere near it :-(

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:33pm

'Skyscraper' is a term widely used by Sellers at Our favorite auction site to describe the Case design, I noticed the Watch in the database belonged to one of those Sellers, wether or not it is an actual Model name is anyones guess. I haven't seen one named in print, yet.

NOVA
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:36pm

The listing in the database is just a single picture--probably taken from an eBay listing--which is credited to a well known eBay seller.  Doesn't look like Stephen actually ever had the watch himself. 

mybulova_admin
Posted January 12, 2012 - 4:35am

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Correct, not my watch. This watch goes way back and the ID was probably done back then. I cannot remember if it had any advert edvidence to back up the name, but I do remember being certain the name was correct at time of entry.

An ad would be nice to confirm or not.

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William Smith
Posted January 12, 2012 - 3:46pm

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I bought a few similar from Mike back in 2007.  He and I babbled back and forth via email about the "skyscraper" term.  I don't remember if we bored/bothered admin with this diatribe.... I also don't remember if he had an ad or not.  I think I added a "skyscraper" to database in 2007 and later deleted it as being "vague and useless info".  I'll contact Mike and see about ads.

GregP50
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:38pm

Should I remove the "Skyscraper" description?

NOVA
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:40pm

Greg, I would recommend leaving it the way it is for now and let us talk over the issue with Admin.  We need to know more about the origin of the prior Skyscraper ID. 

GregP50
Posted January 10, 2012 - 7:42pm

Super, sounds good. Thanks again!

bourg01
Posted January 12, 2012 - 4:23pm

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From what I see in the data base ads the only 2-tone engraved hexagonal case produced at the time was  " Sky King ", http://www.mybulova.com/vintage-bulova-watch-ads?page=2

Well, what do you folks think of that?

NOVA
Posted January 12, 2012 - 4:26pm

Ummm. . . other than that the Sky King has a different case with different engraving?  Other than that, I think it is a brilliant comparison.   LOL

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 12, 2012 - 4:31pm

The Watch should be listed as 'UNKNOWN' IMO - We now have 2 'SKYSCRAPER's' in the database with no evidence to support the ID.

GregP50
Posted January 13, 2012 - 10:23am

The "Sky King" has engravings ALL the way around it...also does not have (so called) "Steps" on the sides.........