Bulova 1933 Trident

Submitted by denupnorth on February 22, 2019 - 5:13pm
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Case back:stainless steel with serial number only

Inside case back:BULOVA QUALITY and second serial number 3116099

Dial:butler finished dial with applied gold numbers and BULOVA name.Sub seconds dial(missing seconds hand)

Movement:15 jewel 10AN stamped USA ADJUSTED(no import code) is dated 1934 (circle )

Came with original box where original owner marked 10-4-34(presumably date purchased?)

There is also a foil sticker that reads NRA (national recover act)we do our part  bulova


1933 Bulova Trident watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
1933 Bulova watch
Kathy L.
Posted February 22, 2019 - 5:33pm

Nice with the original case.  I am not finding a Trojan in the 30's, do you have an ad?  The Alden looks like a match.

Posted February 22, 2019 - 5:40pm

Sorry Kathy I meant to say Trident.I haven't figured out how to post ads yet but there are som from 1933.

Kathy L.
Posted February 22, 2019 - 6:14pm

You can take a screen shot of the ad and attach it like you do your photos, no worries though.  I think the Alden as is the closest match but that could just be the artist rendering isn't as good in the Trident ads.  Also the Trident ads do not mention yellow gold that I could find but that doesn't mean it did not come in that color as well.  Will do a little more looking.  Alden ad 1935, Trident ad 1933.  And the Chandler in 1936.  It might just be a year thing making yours Trident.

Posted February 22, 2019 - 6:56pm

The font on the numbers,especially the 7 look different but that could just be the ad.There's a 1935 Trident in the database that is a close match to my dial.


Posted February 22, 2019 - 7:28pm

Looking at a number of adverts bth here and else were I found the following:

  • 1931: The $10,000 Contest watch
  • 1932 - 1935: Trident (contest name winner)
  • 1935: Alden
  • 1937: Chancellor

Bases of tne 1933 case serial number, I'd agree that this watch is likely to be a Bulova Trident

Geoff Baker
Posted February 23, 2019 - 9:02am

NRA (National Recovery Act) not to be confused with a certain US Lobby group that also goes by the same initials was in effect for a very short period. It was enacted in mid 1933 and declared unconstitutional in mid 1935. Watch cases containing that sticker immediately narrow the production date of the watch id it's original to the case. This is very nice example of both watch and clam shell case Denis, well done.

1933 Bulova Trident


Posted February 23, 2019 - 10:22am

1933 Bulova Trident

Posted February 23, 2019 - 8:11pm

Nice one Denis and good ad work, Kathy.

1933 Trident