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Bulova 1930 Gladiator

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hello i bought this 10an 17j Unknown model a few days ago...I think it maybe a Galdiator, without the gold on the engravings...It might has rubbed off or wasn't add in the first place...this watch is keeping great time for its age an lack of cleaning..losing on one minute in about are the pics..Next time i add a watch i now know complete where what to do and where to start...i will add two more very soon...

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1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 28, 2011 - 12:02pm

We have one 1930 ad for the Gladiator & two authenticated examples in the database dated 1930. Current information indicates that the Gladiator was produced for only ony year in 1930. You didn't list the movement symbol in the above description, please list movement symbol as a double-check on the movement date.  1926 does not compute. I hope I'm wrong!


Posted October 28, 2011 - 3:17pm

616384 is the ss number on the actual movement....i got a closer look at the symbol with as the best i can tell does look like the omega symbol for 1930...Some of the case is covering very little of the symbol itself but that is the closest symbol i think is..The symbol it could be is the one for 1940, they look very much the same...but i don't think the watch is that new...its definitly more art deco and 1920s styling....I wasnt sure of the year so i took a guess and i was wrong, after now seeing the symbol it is a 1930....the other question now i have is about the gold that the other examples of the galdiators have on the engravings...could it just be a fully  white gold filled case? There is no evidence that any yellow gold was there...usally there would still be atleast some on either side and there isn't...I mean what are the chances it came off on both sides completely?? Since there is a diference between the other examples, does the watch have a different name??? The back Does say The Great Dane... i know that isn't any help but just in case someone was wondering and couldn't see i said before thats a cool nick name must have been a big guy or as a joke to a small man...Its always interesting to see the inscriptions on these watches and this one is the most different than the others watches with inscriptions i have had....

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 28, 2011 - 1:54pm

Omega would be 1930.

if You could update the Year of manufacture You'd be that much closer to a positive ID.

Posted December 1, 2011 - 8:55pm

i am pretty sure that this watch is a gladiator after seeing this watch...the engravings are the same if you look they both have that X shape in the middle of the case

Posted December 1, 2011 - 8:56pm

expect i think this one is a redial because the other pics show my dial.....

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 1, 2011 - 11:09pm

Not a redial.

A variant or 'optional' Dial.

I like to call it the Dress Dial as it's more formal looking than the Radium Dial.

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William Smith
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Posted March 28, 2013 - 1:13am

Nice Watch!!! I bet the case serial number begins with a zero (0) and not a C.

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Posted December 19, 2013 - 7:59am

I agree Will.