Bulova 1931 Sky King

Submitted by Wayne Hanley on September 12, 2010 - 10:24pm
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Dial has Luminous Number and Cathedral Hands

Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
Posted August 2, 2011 - 8:40am

William Smith
Posted April 6, 2012 - 12:59pm

Since this record was first entered, the XXIXXI pattern on the yellow gold (vs the "fish" pattern in ads) and the absence of the four sets of lines running lengthwise w/ the bezel on the white gold suggest that this case may not be a Sky King, or perhaps is a Sky King for which we don't have a matching ad to date.  So IMO this is a two star tentative ID at best.  I'm feeling a little inconsistent w/ that tentative, as it just as easliy could be unconfirmed without ad. 

Both the fish and XXIXXI pattern cases can fit the same crystal. I don't know how the crystal package is marked, and don't know if the various crystal catalogs indicate several model names that take this same crystal.  If the catalog(s) indicate that the crystal fits several model names, perhaps one of the "other" models which take this crystal could as easily be a tentative ID.  In that case, this "other" tentative name from crystal specs would need to be a model for which we don't' have an ad showing otherwise.  Time and more information will help address this, but it's starting to sound like a one star unconfirmed.

Posted July 15, 2012 - 12:56pm

The engraving is not consistent in the ad with the subject watch. The advert doesn't show the small plain rectangle boxes intermitently in the engraving sequence found on the subject watch in the gold area.

Unless there is another ad showing this aspect of the engraving I would say unknown at this time were my thoughts considered.


Posted July 15, 2012 - 2:33pm

The other ads for the Sky King do not have the definition to see the engraved parts properly, so neven though I personally think this is a SK, only two ticks as not enough data.

William Smith
Posted July 15, 2012 - 3:05pm

Wayne  Do you have case  and/or crystal dimensions for this beauty?  Please and thanks. Sure looks similar to the sky king in shape/style sans engraving patterns.  Tentative from me for now....but it's closer to unconfirmed or even unknown.  I do think having as a tentative or unconfirmed Sky King helps us further ID, but I'm trying to be consistent.

Posted March 19, 2013 - 8:03am


                  1931 ad.




         Another ad.



Posted March 19, 2013 - 8:15am

Note the difference in the release wiith the raised gold numbers and solid hands (black or gold) versus the earlier release with the lume dial and hands. Ads show the transition nicely. Shame the second advert isn't of better resolution.

William Smith
Posted August 17, 2015 - 6:35pm

Case SN has 8 digits.  Case picture looks like SN is 1151898  ?  Updated