Bulova 1931 Gladiator

Submitted by colorodo on November 26, 2014 - 9:50pm
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My Dad passed this watch down to me.  My research tells me this is a 1931 Gladiator but I am not 100% sure.  I have included before and after restoration photos.  I had it serviced, the crystal replaced and the face restored.  The two tone design is a beautiful example of an art deco time piece.  I have also included a photo of my Grandfather wearing it at an airport dated 1949.  It’s profile on his wrist is unmistakable.

The original watch came with a leather band.  It now has a bracelet from the time period.  My watchmaker had an inventory of old parts and bracelets. 

I enjoy wearing my watch and it always gets the “wow” comments.


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Posted November 26, 2014 - 9:54pm

Your comments are welcome.

Posted November 26, 2014 - 10:06pm

Man... welcome Colorodo, what a great story and fantastic heirloom watch!  I fell into loving these old Bulova's for the same reason.   My dad gave me my grandpa's 1940 Bulova Ranger.  I didn't know anything about it and found this site.  The rest is history.

I'll look back through our stuff and see what I can come up with about your watch.

Posted November 27, 2014 - 3:17am

Welcome Colorodo on myBulova.com, I have similar watch there is discussion of IDing

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Geoff Baker
Posted November 27, 2014 - 9:32am

Hi Colorodo - welcome to myBulova. Many of us found this site researching family heirlooms. Congratulations on having this wonderful keepsake of your grandfather. My belief is that the value of the connection to him far outweighs any monetary value of this beauty.

I agree with my fellow panel members, it's a Gladiator.

Posted November 28, 2014 - 4:06am

I love the photo of your grandfather wearing the watch. Priceless!

A few differences from the advert, but I believe that there is a general consensus that this model is the Bulova Gladiator.

Posted November 28, 2014 - 1:59pm


Posted November 28, 2014 - 2:05pm

Yup Gladiator... what a great name

Posted November 29, 2014 - 10:09pm

this is art in in it's finest form !