Bulova 1931 Sky King

Submitted by jared.riffe on April 5, 2012 - 4:21am
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Case Dimensions:  Width 26.01  Heigth: 36.50

Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
Posted April 5, 2012 - 4:31am

No evidence? At all?


Posted April 5, 2012 - 4:46am

I have to disagree... im am noting several already given 2 stars that are identical matches in any visible way. Even 2 stars given from yourself.

The link posted is full of information that is more speculative based on assumptions expounding.


2 words... Occums Razor


Not to mention... 3 other 1931 Sky Kings begin with the same numeration of serial numbers making mine the 4th.


Posted April 5, 2012 - 5:27am

who say's they're 'SKY KING's Jared?

There is no evidence to support a 'SKY KING' ID on this Case. The initial ID came from an individual who placed a Watch of this design into a 'SKY KING' box. Legible advertisements have since surfaced disputing the claim.

*Note: The engraving pattern is a 'Fish' design, not the XX and there are Chevron details to the Case ends of the 'SKY KING'

William Smith
Posted April 5, 2012 - 6:05pm

slightly clearer of 1932 ad

and 1930 sky king ad





Posted April 5, 2012 - 10:00pm

Alright I hope we find some more conclusive evidence.

William Smith
Posted April 5, 2012 - 10:11pm

It does get confusing when some of the older records may be mis-ID'ed or the "best educated guess" at the time they were ID'ed / entered has changed based on new ads or other documents/evidence.  IT's a great watch, and someone else may have more info soon.

Posted April 5, 2012 - 10:19pm

A few months back I went through all the alleged Sky Kings in the database and took a look at the two models that I have--one that matches the ad and one that matches the subject watch--and I noted a few interesting facts (at least they were interesting to me), i.e.:

  • The two models' cases are the same size and shape;
  • The two models take the same crystal;
  • All the wannabe Sky Kings in the database are dated 1931 or later, if you go by the case serial number rather than the movement;
  • All the Sky Kings that match the ad are dated 1930, if you go by the case serial number rather than the movement.

So, I got to thinking. . .maybe the ones that match the ad were the first iteration, and the others came next, but both were Sky Kings.  The fly in the ointment is the later ads, running at least through 1932, which show the same "fishy" engraving pattern, with no ads showing the other pattern.

Posted April 11, 2012 - 3:02am

Are the dimensinos of my case matching yours?