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Bulova 1931 Sky King

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Case dated Jan 11, 1927, 17 J Movement. Dial and hands relumed. Original matching Maxim bracelet. Just picked up a "like new" original box.

Added 12/26/2010

Photos Updated 11 19 2013

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Wayne Hanley
Posted December 26, 2010 - 4:58pm


Beautiful Sky King. First class finest kind. Very scarce bracelet. The hands look a bit short to me. I have 3 Sky Kings and your minute hand is the size of my hour hands. No biggie!


Geoff Baker
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Posted December 26, 2010 - 8:16pm

Thank You Wayne - I've always wondered about the the hand size as well.......but then, I'm the LUCKY one because I have small hands too, to go with my slightly less than 7" wrist, which means I get to WEAR this baby.  As original as this watch came to me, I just always assumed these were hand variants, lord knows everything else seems to be varied. Maybe one day I'll find a different set of hands  ( I think you kow what I mean when I confess to have considered a watch on "that one" auction site "just to get my hands on the hands"), until then, I'll babysit this watch for the next generation.

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Stephen Ollman
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Posted December 27, 2010 - 3:48am

A truely magnificant find.

The stumpy cathederal hands were used on the Series III Lone Eagle (top watch) and Sky King

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Sorry about the low res, but you can see that the hour hand is stumpy like Geoffs, although maybe not that stumpy.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:19pm

I know what you mean about the hands. The proper hands for the 1924 to 1930 watches seem to be a limiting factor anymore. I now have a Lone Eagle cut corner & a Richard varient that I need hands for.


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Posted August 2, 2011 - 7:43am

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Posted March 19, 2013 - 2:13pm

Ad from Lisa matching the XXX pattern.

Blow-up with more detail.

EDIT:- Case serial no. gives a date of 1931, not 1930.

Jim Townsend
Posted April 6, 2014 - 4:26pm

Hey Bob i picked up a sky king today case serial no. 1162101 10 an hinged case awesome  watch would you know the year? Looking for a pair of original hands for it.

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Posted April 6, 2014 - 6:31pm

Case serial no./would make it 1931.

What is the movement date mark? Is the case design  like this one, without the barred shading on the top and bottom of bezel, sometimes mistakenly called "chevrons", and "XX" engraved bezel?

Chevrons are like this:  >.

Jim Townsend
Posted April 6, 2014 - 6:35pm

It has like little fish  around the dial in gold The date mark is hidden by the dust cover and i really  dont want to mess with it as this watch is in awesome condition.

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Posted April 7, 2014 - 2:04am

Can you take a pic of the inside of the case back, to verify the serial number? Cheers.

There are sometimes two numbers, one on the back, and one inside. The one inside is used to date the case, pre 1934/35.

Nice watch, Jim!