Bulova 1931 -Unknown

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Interesting hinged case, maked Bulova quality, pat. date 1927, gold filled but not marked. Stepped case has some gold missing on the top of lugs, two pin holes, one lug  has a ding to repair. The movement is a  17 jewel 10AN but no mark that I can find to approx. date.  Keeps great  time, but the case will need some work.  Luminous numerals and hands. Which model could this one be?

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Reverend Rob
Posted October 4, 2013 - 5:57pm

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Webster, maybe? Definitely early thirties, but the hands are throwing me, they may be non-original.

Posted October 4, 2013 - 10:57pm

Nice unknown

Posted October 5, 2013 - 12:25am

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Case serial puts it at 1931. There should be a shield symbol on the movement.

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Posted October 5, 2013 - 8:17am


interesting Gold movement block as found in this model http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1931-lafayette-3642 also Dated 1931.


Very similar to the 'GLADIATOR', minus the engraving.

ad is 1930 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1930-2.jpg


Posted October 5, 2013 - 8:23am

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I can confirm its not the Gladiator, Mark. That model only has the one step.

The closest we have is the Webster at this point, so I'm tentative Webster. Ads state two-tone and the watch has some weird wear on the front bezel to suggest that it may have a two-tone case.

I image the base color would have been yellow gold and then they put the white gold side stripping over the top....would this be corect?

Geoff Baker
Posted October 6, 2013 - 5:32am

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Stephen - you're suggesting it might have be replated (which would account for the gold movement block and retaining ring on the dust cover)? BTW - I'm not seeing Webster - at least not a match to the one we have in the db.

Posted October 6, 2013 - 8:20am

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Ahh, I wasn't suggesting that it had been replated, but more wear on the side bands. Though now you mention that Geoff I can certainly see that you may be correct and that the white gold side strips were infact covered with the yellow gold when the whole thing was replated. I've not seen a yellow gold dust cover or movement holder so I think you are correct.

The Webster ads do state two-toned.

Any change of a front of photo of the watch please to compare?

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Posted October 18, 2013 - 11:16am

Yellow Movement block, dust shield retaining ring and dust shield shown on linked Watch in My prior post. Linked Watch (not replated) also Dated 1931

ad is 1930

The 'Pyramid' style Case of the 'GLADIATOR' has 2 steps matching the subject Watch, except for the engraving on the bezel horizontals and first step...

I believe the ad to be French Canadian.

Posted October 23, 2013 - 5:41am

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It can't be the Galdiator Mark, engraving alone is different. I'm still with a tentative Webster.

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Posted October 24, 2013 - 3:44pm


'SENATOR' / 'WEBSTER's Case lugs differ.