Bulova 1929 Gladiator

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BBX2485- 24.90mmx15.65mm
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I believe this a 1929 Gladiator, The Bulova case does not have any markings anywhere as to Gold content, whether or not it is filled or solid.

There is no F (for filled) on the bezel as is common on these older watches. I took the case to three jewelers, the first one said "Sorry no Gold content, however if you want to sell it I'll give you a Hundred dollars". Second one said 10K Solid Gold. Third one (who has one of those fancy machines) said 14K Solid Gold, so I'm not sure.

The dial is as found, just cleaned it up. The Crystal came from Darren, it is for a Gladiator but I had to file about .05mm from the sides and ends.

The case measures 37.02mm lug to lug and 26.60mm not including the crown.

Click below for 1930 Gladiator Advert.


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Posted April 8, 2013 - 2:13am

Gladiator has 17 jewels and subject watch is 15 jewels.

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William Smith
Posted April 8, 2013 - 3:16am

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It's interesting the Gladiator in the linked ad is depicted as one tone gold. There are two other watches in that ad (Kirkwood adn Sky King) which are depicted as two tone gold.   
This is a FANTASTIC watch Dennis.  Stunning

Geoff Baker
Posted April 8, 2013 - 5:48am

Club 5000Panel Member

Dennis - what a fine watch this is, well done!

The case is a match to the Gladiator, the two tone is a problem I'm not sure how to address. I'm inclined to bring this watch in as a Gladiator as I think that's what it is. We do have another in the db that matches.

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William Smith
Posted April 8, 2013 - 5:53am

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I thought we had an ad for this one as two tone Gladiator.  Maybe wording in B&W text of ad??.... but I can't find it.

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Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:51am

Hi William,

Check out this Advert, It is really to blurry to read however the price of $42.00 might indicate a Gold case.


Posted April 8, 2013 - 7:28am

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We have a french advert showing this case design as the Gladiator, but does not show any two-toning, whilst others in the ad do.

I'm good with a tentitive Gladiator

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Posted April 8, 2013 - 10:09am

Another fine watch, well done Dennis.

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William Smith
Posted April 8, 2013 - 6:07pm

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I'm good with tentative Gladiator. It's a beauty!  

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Posted April 8, 2013 - 7:09pm

Thanks everyone for your comments, they are appreciatted.

Posted April 8, 2013 - 7:50pm

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I'm all in with a tentative Glad, Super watch Dennis.