Bulova 1931 -Unknown

Submitted by dhhirsch on August 4, 2013 - 3:14pm
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I expect this one will be "unknown" but thought I'd post it.  It's similar to an unknown on Watchophilia  http://www.watchophilia.com/photogallery/bulovas-1930-1939/a1931-unknown/    Mine, however, clearly looks like a mismatched redial, since the minute track and seconds track are square, while the case is tonneau/triangular.  The hands look wrong too, but overall the watch is still pretty nice looking...   Anyway, I really am drawn to the two-tone cases from this period, so I couldn't resist and its on my wrist right now, running well...

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Jim Townsend
Posted August 4, 2013 - 5:14pm

I  like it it's an awesome piece. Who cares it's unknown it is a cool watch and it's a Bulova very nice :)

Posted August 4, 2013 - 5:15pm

That is one sharp case!!

You might contact John Pirino (JP) for some cathedral hands for this.

The hands on it now are from the 40's, and the cathedral style will really set it off.

Posted August 4, 2013 - 11:59pm

:-) the parts may all be Bulova but I suspect they don't belong together. Looks cool, but I wouldn't classify it as a true Bulova watch. It's a true Frankenbully, and a cool one at that!

Non-conforming for me. The case is still unknown to us and I really hope one day we can find an advert for it, as the case does pop up from time to time. An advert will show us the correct dial and hands.

Thanks for adding though.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 8, 2013 - 5:34am

I pondered this beauty on ebay. I agree that it's non-conforming as the dial does not not belong with this case. I sure is a nice looking watch.

Posted August 8, 2013 - 8:41am

I'd like to see the Dial up close and personal before jumping to any conclusions as We see several annomolies in this era of the Great Depression, the 'LONE EAGLE' with a 13AF and sq. register Dial comes to mind.


Posted August 8, 2013 - 11:05pm

Thanks for all of the comments so far.  I really appreciate and value the insights I get when I've posted watches to the site.   I still have a lot to learn!!   As I noted at the outset, I expected "unknown" and realized the dial and hands had issues. Still, its a fun watch, and I'm enjoying wearing it along with my other Bulovas... 



Posted August 11, 2020 - 8:54am

Nice find!