Bulova 1935 Senator

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on August 5, 2019 - 9:00am
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6 digit s/n 1935 Bulova Senator. White gold plated hinged case with yellow gold crown. This one has a highly detailed face with raised gold seconds and minutes tracks as well as indice numbers and Bulova signature. An interesting note: I have 2 other watches in my collection with this same style dial; both are case 1935.



I wonder if it's possible Bulova experimented in 1935 with a different supplier or process for faces that was short lived perhaps due to cost? There seems to be far fewer of this style dial than the standard version with black printed tracks.

Watch is currently keeping perfect time and is mounted on a period NOS replacement band that is pretty close to the original.

1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
1935 Bulova watch
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Kathy L.
Posted August 5, 2019 - 10:16am

That is a beauty and the band matches nicely.  I find the pricing interesting on the ad that they charged more for natual gold and the combination version.  I think you might be right on the dial.  That would seem like a more expensive dial.

1935 Bulova Senator

Posted August 5, 2019 - 10:36am

Thanks, Kathy. Yellow gold contains more gold than white gold. Karat determines gold content over other metals in the mix. White gold, which is more of an alloy with different metals  is more diluted.  I think white gold contains either silver or nickel in higher levels. Same with rose gold which has a high copper content.  I think that may be the reason for the price structure.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 6, 2019 - 9:55pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Hmmm, but isn't 10 kt still 10 kt regardless of the alloys mixed to make it white, green or rose? Wouldn't the actual gold content still be the same?

Posted August 6, 2019 - 3:44am

1935 Bulova Senator

Geoff Baker
Posted August 6, 2019 - 9:56pm

On my list of all time Bulova favorites.....

1935 Bulova Senator