Bulova 1931 -Unknown

Submitted by TdH on October 12, 2011 - 6:26pm
Manufacture Year
1931
Movement Model
10AN
Movement Date Code
Square Shield
Movement Jewels
17
Movement Serial No.
653959
Case Serial No.
1217441
Case shape
Stepped
Additional Information

This is not my watch. I was unable to upload the photos to the forum, so I entered it here. It is similar to the Lone Eagle III, but slightly different. What do you think? Is it a variation of the LE III or a different model all together? Thanks!

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TdH
Posted October 12, 2011 - 6:45pm

What is interesting is that the case and the first link of the band have the X-square-X-square pattern, the the remainder of the links have the dot-diamond-dot-diamond pattern (see photo 5).

Daca102090
Posted October 12, 2011 - 7:50pm

I think the first link in the band, where it attached to the case, is actually a pivoting lug. 

Is there a spring pin in the link that attaches  the two patterns together?

TdH
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:03pm

In reply to by Daca102090

No. I just added a new photo of the side. The pin is where the first link attaches to the case.

bourg01
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:11pm

Looks more like the Ambassador  to me.

Daca102090
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:13pm

In reply to by bourg01

Wouldn't the ambassador have had a 21j movement?

Daca102090
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:12pm

This is an unknown 1932 I have here, case is very similar except for there is no engraving down the side of the crystal on mine.

TdH
Posted October 12, 2011 - 8:34pm

In reply to by Daca102090

Ok, on the one I uploaded you can tell that the top and bottum of the case were gold at one time, like yours. Makes me think that Bulova had a few variations on the same theme. Most likely each variation having its own name. Unfortunately, there are only a couple of ads on this site for 1931-1932.

Wayne Hanley
Posted October 13, 2011 - 3:47pm

If you know of other sites that have 1931-32 ads please copy them & get them to Steven. I think there was an overall shortage of ads when the Great Depression started to really go into effect.

I sure would like to see a picture of both of thes watches without the bracelet. Are your original lugs intact? The bracelets look like a collectors creativity IMO. A picure without the bracelet would clear that up for me. Thanks!

 

TdH
Posted October 13, 2011 - 4:48pm

In reply to by Wayne Hanley

No, unfortunately, I don't know of another website, Wayne. Your idea about the depression reducing ads for luxury goods sounds like a good guess to me.

Given that the two watches have the same type of initial chain links, and that the ones on the watch I posted match the X-square-X-square pattern that is on the case, I would say that they are the original. It being the depression, perhaps Bulova used the same bracelet for several similar looking watches: the Lone Eagle III, and the two watches posted here, even if it wasn't a perfect match.

I do not have the watch I posted, so I cannot provide a photo without the bracelet. I'll ask the owner.