Bulova 1931 Round the World

Submitted by Sculptor on July 8, 2010 - 4:43pm
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Round The World: Post and Gatty

I am interested in obtaining any information about the existence of this commemorative watch, which celebrates first 'around-the-world' flight by Wiley Post and Harold Gatty. Does an AD exist? As pictured,I have secured the original box,but do not know what the watch looked like...I'm sure I've seen it, but didn't realize it's significance. Can anybody shed some light on this scarce-bird?...there is not a shred of evidence online anywhere referring/confirming the existence of this watch?!

Bulova Box for Round The World Watch 1931
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William Smith
Posted January 9, 2012 - 3:15am

Ever find the watch or an ad?

Posted January 9, 2012 - 5:29am

Intrigued by it William, never found it.

William 'Wiley' Post (Pilot) and Harold Gatty (Navigator)

In 1931, Post and Gatty set a record for an around-the-world flight in the Winnie Mae.  On June 23, they left Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, the field from which Charles A. Lindbergh departed on his solo transatlantic flight in 1927.  They made 14 stops:  first at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland; then Chester, England; Hanover and Berlin, Germany; Moscow, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Blagoveshchensk, and Khabarovsk, all in the Soviet Union; Nome, Alaska; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  They then flew to Cleveland, Ohio, and back to New York on July 1.  They traveled 15,474 miles in 8 days, 15 hours, 15 minutes

* Text courtesy of historyinink.com

Jim Townsend
Posted May 10, 2012 - 5:13pm

Would love to have seen this watch. I bet it was a beauty and there has to be one out there somewhere.  The hunt begins for the holy grail.....

Reverend Rob
Posted May 10, 2012 - 9:20pm

In 1933, Post flew solo around the world, this time using Wittnauer timepieces, and besting his previous record. The field of Aviation was a hotly sought after market and marketing  tool for many watch companies. 


William Smith
Posted May 11, 2012 - 2:27am

So Bulova musta marketed this watch heavy if they produced such a nice box.  I want one...and I'll settle for the box or the watch or the ad.  1931 pubs search for the next few days.....

Posted May 11, 2012 - 4:55am

Sculptor wrote, "...there is not a shred of evidence online anywhere referring/confirming the existence of this watch?!"

There is now, thanks to you, Sculptor.

Posted May 13, 2012 - 2:55am

This box first appeared on the scene a few years ago and I have been on the lookout for any other marketing or advert to show what the watch actually looked like.

I have always found it very strange that Bulova went to these lengths in the box design to mark the occasion but forgot to run adverts to also promote it and that for me is not very Bulova like.

I too would love to see the watch tagged to this box. Hopefully one day someone comes across the elusive advert.

Posted May 13, 2012 - 8:04am

This photo I have of this box from a few years back shows what could be the shape (rectangular) of the mysterious watch.

Around the World watch

Posted February 7, 2013 - 4:00am

Here is the watch to go with the case.

Here is the ad to go with the watch, courtesy of Lisa of Watchophilia

You didi it again gal!

Geoff Baker
Posted February 7, 2013 - 6:14am

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Wow - nice work Lisa, I NEVER thought an ad would suface for the "Round the World" (and thank you Bob)

But might I suggest we say THIS is the watch? (correct dial per the ad)

What say ye? We need to open up a few records?