Bulova 1931 Ranger

7/10 votes
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15.8 x 24.2mm
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Dial: raised gilt Bulova & Arabic numerals, recessed subsecond w/ black printed inner minute and subsecond track, partially obscuring the 6, stamped SWISS
Movement:  10AN 15 jewel Unadjusted Bulova Watch Co. SWISS  (SN) 562478  T date symbol
Outside Case Back:  (SN) 106658
Inside Case Back:  Bulova Quality  2112907

Case measures: 36.5mm x 25.6mm (not counting crown)
Crystal measures: 15.8 x 24.2mm
Lug gap:  14mm

The band is only marked "MAXIM", and is showing lots of brassing.  Almost looks like it's chrome plated, but I guess it could be gold plate.  The pattern on the links of band are very close to those on the watch bezel. but not exact.  If the band didn't come with the watch, it sure looks like it could have....

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William Smith
Posted August 19, 2012 - 12:37am

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 1:04am

Hmm, Tonneau shaped bezel opening/crystal but hexagonal shaped minutes and seconds tracks.

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William Smith
Posted August 19, 2012 - 1:32am

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....yep.....just the opposite combo of track/bezel  difference seen in the 1932 L & C Mayers ad for the Sky King.   If they "came this way" (w/ tonneau bezel/hex minute/second tracks) there sure weren't very many of them that did.  They just don't "look" right.   There's the 1932 Envoy ad w/ the hex minute track and tonneau bezel- but all these ads could just be artists rendition problems....unless they used the ad copy provided by Bulova...then it's harder to blame Sears, Spiegel or Monkey Wards.
Subject dial tracks just don't "fit" bezel.


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Posted August 19, 2012 - 8:32pm


The inner Caseback seriel number matches the production Date of the Movement and is Bulovas' stamp.

The outer Caseback stamps are going to be the Case manufacturers. 

1932 is correct.



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William Smith
Posted August 19, 2012 - 8:37pm

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Unknown from me

Geoff Baker
Posted August 21, 2012 - 7:12am

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 8:16am

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Unknown, but you can see the early Ranger design 5 years later in this case.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 2:50pm


This is an excellent observation!

Based on the fact that Bulova Watches of the early / mid 1930's era seem to be offered in Yellow or White, engraved and non engraved variaties I would agree and is enough to sway Me.

ad Dated 1934 http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1934%20AD2.jpg

which is within 2 Years of the subject manufacture Date.

When the subject Watch is compared with the 1934 database ad of the 'RANGER' We see a match in the Case, the Dial differs slightly which is a negligeable issue in regards to the ID.

1932 'RANGER'.


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William Smith
Posted August 23, 2012 - 6:17pm

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This is why I like hearing from the minority.  Plains and Fifth have indicated some good points in several related posts. I've poked around some more, and I'd say tentative Ranger too.   We have plenty of examples, and it does follow "Bulova" suit.   ...and I'm softening up a bit too.  Having these named Tentative Ranger based on all this may be "better" than leaving as unknown.

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Posted August 24, 2012 - 2:52am

Tentative Ranger. These watches are too alike to ignore.