Bulova 1933 Senator

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on March 23, 2020 - 4:51pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
3173338 (inside)
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Additional Information

I purchased this one as "needs repair" in a group of three that I paid less for than the value of one other in the group. This one got set aside. Yesterday, I got it out, added a band and wound it. It immediately started running and after 24 hrs is off less than a minute. Apparently the needed repair was the addition of a band. A very pleasant surprise, indeed!

It wasn't until I started playing with it that I realized it's a case configuration I don't believe I have ever seen before. It is a 2 toned hinged case; the bezel is all yellow gold (unengraved) and the back appears to be stainless. The only stamping is "Bulova Quality" and a S/N 3173338 on the inside and "411811" on the back. It has a multitude of jeweler's marks as well.

Movement is housed in a retaining ring with a dust cover. It was very difficult to remove the movement from the case back, a very tight fit.

As close as I can come is a Senator variant. Referenced ad is dated 1933 and is a face match to subject watch. Hands don't match ad, but face/hands combination matches  this one in Db

1933 ad
Posted March 23, 2020 - 6:24pm

1933 movement

Geoff Baker
Posted March 23, 2020 - 9:50pm

1933 Bulova Senator

Kathy L.
Posted March 24, 2020 - 3:54pm

Congrats on a nice find!

1933 Bulova Senator

Posted March 24, 2020 - 8:08pm

In all my years of playing with 10AN's I can honestly say I've never seen this movement housing type before. Then again I've never had a Bulova Senator. Very interesting, Even the cover has notches cut out for the screws. I'll have to check the database to see if other Senators had this.

Posted March 24, 2020 - 9:16pm

Another great one for your collection.  1933 Bulova Senator