Bulova 1930 -Unknown

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on September 4, 2019 - 1:26pm
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On a scale of 1-10, this one is a 9+. I find one ad in the Db, referring to this as "A Real Man's Watch". There are 2 unknowns (1930 and 1931) associated with this ad, but neither is a match. This one is dead on. Note the "I  II  III  II I" vertical lines on the horizontal ends and the unengraved triangular steps in case front crystal corners. Hinged case is only outside marked "open" on one end of the curved back.

This case is marked inside as "14K Gold Filled", however, the ad seems to list it as solid gold and it's the most expensive watch in the ad. See full ad here:


After closely inspecting the bottom edges of the lugs and inside of the spring bar holes, I can see wear and age buffed digs that should expose base metal, but there is none. The face of the case and sides are literally perfect. I believe this could be a mis-marked solid white gold case as the ad implies?

Watch keeps perfect time. Original dust cover with ring is in place. Crown is an obvious replacement and period band was added by me.



1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
1930 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Geoff Baker
Posted September 4, 2019 - 9:31pm

I think the watch matches the advert, it's a nice one. I'm not sure the ad references the case as solid gold though. I doubt the case is mis-marked, I think it's marked correctly.

Alas, 1930 Bulova Unknown

Posted September 4, 2019 - 10:21pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I based that observation/speculation  on the fact that all watches in the ad  are specifically called out as "Gold Filled" or "White Gold Plate", while the "Real man's watch" is called out as "Beautiful White Gold Case".

Reverend Rob
Posted September 5, 2019 - 10:46am

Possibly the base metal is also white and blends in with the Gold fill?

The large section around the movement is base metal, possibly steel. The shell of the case should be Gold Fill, filing a small section away might reveal nothing, especially if the two metals are close in colour; you'd have to test the underlying metal.

Regardess, it is a very nice piece in v. good condition, too bad the advert fails to mention the name. 

Unknown for now.

Kathy L.
Posted September 6, 2019 - 11:30am

It is a great looking watch.  I have searched and haven't been able to find anything.  Hopefully something will come up with a name soon.

Unknown for now