Bulova 1930 Gladiator

Submitted by jabs on September 11, 2014 - 4:36pm
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1931 Gladiator

1931 Gladiator
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
William Smith
Posted September 11, 2014 - 6:05pm

I get to go look around a bit for this one.  I remember discussion about two-tone vs all white, and dress dial of your watch vs radium dial in a couple Gladiator ads..but you've probably already done that :)

In the full ad used, there are two watches (Sky King & Kirkwood) pictured with two-tone graphics, so they could have shown the Gladiator as two-tone in that ad.

Here's another (blurry) ad below. Can't make out the text.  http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1930-AD9-(Sept-…

And another two-tick Gladiator w/ discussion about several points in ID.  Note the engraving on this other watch is slightly different than engraving on subject watch. (flowers vx fish - or some such descriptors).

...but in the end...I'm probably gonna vote tentative Gladiator since we don't have another ad suggesting these minor differences may be ID'ed as anything else....

Posted September 11, 2014 - 6:33pm

ditto although I have an all white gold plated one.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 12, 2014 - 5:59am

This is a fabulous watch, I love it! It does however present a certain challenge for us. We currently have three Gladiators in the dB and they're each different. This watch does not match the ad, in fact it doesn't match any of the three we already have.. The engraving is completely different as well as the dial, although I could overlook the dial if the engraved pattern matched. Interestingly enough, one of the three matches this pattern but is all white - not two tone.

I'll do more research tomorrow, for now it's Unknown (but I still want it!)

Posted September 12, 2014 - 1:01pm

I'll go two tix, as it's the nearest match we got.

Nice watch J.

Posted September 13, 2014 - 7:07am


Tentative Bulova Gladiator for me as well as it the only thing that's a close match to the case design.

William Smith
Posted September 14, 2014 - 10:31pm

yep....what they said.  two ticks based on very close to ads...

Posted November 26, 2014 - 10:20pm

Very similar to my watch.  Same engraving on case, two tone.  Dial is a different style.

I just posted today.  Currently listed as "Unknown".  I would believe it is a Gladiator like yours.