Bulova 1935 Senator

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I recently bought this watch and I've tried identifying it and the closest thing I found was a lone eagle variant. I'm stumped with this one.

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1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
Posted February 2, 2014 - 1:30pm

Oops! I accidently uploaded this 4 times!

Posted February 2, 2014 - 2:42pm

Don't worry, someone will remove the other 3 identical posts,

The correct year on this watch would be 1935, and it is not the Lone Eagle, I think we have this one tentatively ID'd as the Alexander.

There is one in the database but it has only 7 jewels and I believe that yours has the correct number of 15.

It looks like a Senator, but has the engraving allong the crystal edge that is the major difference.

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William Smith
Posted February 2, 2014 - 5:50pm

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I think we have a second newspaper ad for this as Alexander which shows the similar verticle engravings.  ...and good catch on Triangle being both 1926 and 1935- which nicely matches the case SN.  OT- do you know/remember the year of the ad above?  The file name associated w/ ad graphic doesn't include year or source.   Thanks


Posted February 2, 2014 - 6:20pm

It is 1936 Will and is located on the 3rd page of the decade threads in the forums section. There are a couple more that date later also.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 3, 2014 - 6:21am

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1935 Alexander it is. Nice one too......welcome Ploppy.

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Posted February 3, 2014 - 7:14am

as advertised there are 4 steps (count 'em) to the Pyramid style case showing on the 'ALEXANDER' compared to 2 steps on the subject, the bezel also appears much longer in the ad: We may have this Case identified as the 'ALEXANDER' but We are wrong.


Based on the Case seriel number entered, the Triangle Datecode of the movement and style of the Case the Watch was manufactured in 1935, not 1926 as showing in the root.

(I believe there are one of two of these tentatively ID'd as the 'SENATOR')

Posted February 3, 2014 - 7:38am

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My serial number database (by no means 100% accurate) shows a scattered range of numbers begining with 6.

Example I have recorded 1935 10ANs with movement serial numbers of 644458 and 645641.

But then I have 1931 10ANs with higher serial numbers.

Either way I'd place it at 1935/36 as 1926 movements normally start with a '2'

Unknown as I agree that the subject only has 2 steps.

I believe we have yet to see this model in any adverts.

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William Smith
Posted February 4, 2014 - 12:16am

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Yep differneces in number of steps etc.... Still looking, but for now...Unknown.  A very nice one!!!

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Posted February 9, 2014 - 7:15am

The Case is the 'SENATOR', but with engraving.

The subject having a Triangle Datecode on the Movement and a Case seriel number beginning with 5 would indicate a production Date of 1935, not 1936 as entered.

Identical piece also Dated 1935 here: http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1935-senator-2704

'SENATOR' or 'UNKNOWN' at this point.

Posted February 10, 2014 - 10:30pm

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Agree for consistency a tentative Bulova Senator