Bulova 1936 Princeton

Submitted by Geoff Baker on June 12, 2011 - 7:47pm
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Yellow GF Case with period - most likely original yellow / white 'Sturdy' brand bracelet.  Added 6/12/2011

2/24/2013 Name updated from "Unknown" to "Princeton" and date corrected from 1930 to 1936  Photos Updated 5/27/2023

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Wayne Hanley
Posted June 13, 2011 - 2:09am

Beautiful Lone Eagle series III


Posted June 13, 2011 - 8:03pm

It's missing the top and bottom markings we typically see on a LE III.

This case it starting to popup more and more. It'd be really nice to finally positively ID this one.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2011 - 2:42pm

Sorry Wayne, will have to agree with the big guy on it not being a LE III. In fact, before I bought this watch it popped up in a post on LE's and my immediate reaction was - 'no hash marks, can't be an Eagle'.

Wayne Hanley
Posted June 16, 2011 - 2:00am


It's a complete Lone Eagle series III watch  (without bezel crossbar chevrons). We have a lack of ads for the early 1930s. In all of the ads for the LE III the vertical engraving is the same. The 1933 ads show a LE III without chevrons (same vertical engraving as your watch). If your watch was 1933 manufactured it would be a Lone Eagle III. I have a 1931 two-tone Lone Eagle III (same vertical engraving pattern as yours). We have a few Lone Eagles stuck in limbo because of no bezel crossbar chevrons. I am not so pragmatic as to say these watches can't be Lone Eagles. Comparing the 1931 Ad & 1933 ads indicate to me that these watches are Lone Eagle varients. None of the period ads show another named watch having the same shape.

Steven, I don't see any 1933 Lone Eagle IIIs with chevrons

Posted June 16, 2011 - 8:04am

I still believe that this is a precursor to the 1931/32 Lone Eagle III.

Time will tell when an ad finally confirms the model one way or another.

Posted June 17, 2011 - 7:42am

resembles the 'GLADIATOR' -

distinct lug difference to the LE III + no horizontal bezel embellishments.

I agree the Case design does look similar the 1933+ Lone Eagle ads, but that would make it a Lone Eagle IV (currently) as this design differs from the 1931 Lone Eagle ads.

Wayne Hanley
Posted June 17, 2011 - 5:03pm

Lone Eagle III Steps are straight up & down & Lone Eagle IV has V-Shaped steps. The subject watch has straight up & down steps.

The Gladiator has rounded steps & very different engraving.

Posted June 18, 2011 - 3:34am

I agree with Wayne, the Gladiator case is somewhat different.

The hunt continues!

Geoff and chance of seeing photos of the inside of this watch?

Geoff Baker
Posted June 26, 2011 - 5:42pm

Photo added

Posted June 26, 2011 - 8:58pm

:-) I meant the movement LOL!