Bulova 1931 -Unknown

Submitted by SgtSwanson on April 7, 2019 - 6:18pm
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15.63mm X 24.28
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Nice hinged case on a 1931 Bulova... I'm guessing it's a Webster but I don't know as I can't find a Webster prior to 1935. I picked it up looking nasty and barely running for $38.00. My watch pro got the movement running nicely with a cleaning and I did the "exterior" work. I'm liking it now.

1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
Posted April 7, 2019 - 6:32pm

Well...now I'm seeing old ads that make me think it's a Lone Eagle.


Posted April 7, 2019 - 8:22pm

Nice looking watch. This one has me a bit puzzled. Movement date is 1931, but the case s/n starts with a "6", which would seem to indicate a date of 1936.

Beginning my preliminary search based on the presumed case date, my initial gut feeling is that this is a 1936 Senator case and face with a replacement 17J  movement dated 1931. Like this one


Senator in 1936 should be a 15J in this casing.  Same with Webster, which it strongly resembles case and face-wise as well.  I'm still looking.

It was certainly a deal at the price you paid and a handsome watch.

Posted April 7, 2019 - 8:23pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Interesting. Well nuts. I sure hope it's not a mix and match watch. Thanks for the information. I'll look forward to hearing any updates.

Posted April 7, 2019 - 9:01pm

In reply to by SgtSwanson

You were right about Webster, but the only one in the Db in this case/face is a 1933 (with a 15J movement). I don't see any difference from the '36 Senator, so it's unlikely Bulova produced 2 watches in the same year so similar.

Hey, if I'm correct; it's no big deal. It's still a beauty and looks correct on the outside, plus it was a deal. We all own at least one ;o)

I'm inclined to think this (mvt replacement) was done a long time ago. Not much thought was put into what collectors would think 80 years in the future. You took your watch to the jeweler because it didn't run and were given the option of "it will cost $XX to replace parts or $x, and I'll replace the movement with a good used one from my shop stock". Make it run, I have $x to spend.

Let's see what the other panel members think. I may be wrong, it's been known to happen..

Geoff Baker
Posted April 8, 2019 - 9:36am

This watch is Unknown to me but I want to confirm the s/n is from the case back? I differentiate these 1930's step side watches as 'hard' or 'soft' step. This one I would classify as a soft or smooth step. The Senator has a hard (sharp edge) step. Compare these sides of these two and see the hard and the soft I refer to. The second watch (the Princeton) is very close to this subject watch with the exception of the bezel engraving. If not for that difference I think this would be a Princeton. for now I'm sticking with.......

193 (1 or 6?) Unknown. Either way, it is a fine looking watch

Posted April 8, 2019 - 10:06am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Good eye, Geoff. I agree with the hard/soft opinion, not a Senator case based on that observation.

I'm at unknown

Geoff Baker
Posted April 21, 2019 - 7:32am

Panel - any final thoughts on this one?

Kathy L.
Posted April 21, 2019 - 11:52pm

Unknown for me as well.


Reverend Rob
Posted April 22, 2019 - 8:11pm

Unknown, possibly a marriage of sorts.