Bulova 1935 Trident

Submitted by V.Scott on August 1, 2020 - 5:29am
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I found this one at a fleamarket. The vendor threw it in when I bought a newer ladies diamond Bulova for $15. I am unsure if the casing and band are original to the movement. I noticed this when first looking at it. They just didn't seem to really go together for some reason. The back says 10k rolled gold plate, but the case appears to be stainless, though may be white gold. The band has KEDE engraved on it and just feels newer. 10AN and a triangle on the movement. 15 jewels. Research suggests, perhaps, the case is 1933 and the movement is 1935. 

To me the case and the face seem at odds.
Seems a perfect fit and the case is period.
15 Jewels. Triangle marking. 10AN.
Geoff Baker
Posted August 1, 2020 - 7:20pm

The exact year determines this watch name, let's nail that down first. The movement is 1935 but why do you think the case is 1933? Will you please double check the serial number, is it on the outside of the case or inside?

Yes, the bracelet is a replacement, much newer.

Posted August 2, 2020 - 1:46am

We have two matching watches in the database, both are the Trident, from the 'Name the watch competition'.

1933 Bulova Trident

1935 Bulova Trident

With confirmation of the case serial number is should be a Bulova Trident.

Posted August 2, 2020 - 6:14am

The serial number is on the outside on the hinged back. The back is beveled and the number is on the bevel. I will see if I can get a good picture of it. I tentatively identified it as a 1933 by comparison of images and case serial numbers before I opened it and found the triangle on the movement. 

Geoff Baker
Posted August 2, 2020 - 7:42pm

In reply to by V.Scott

Not to worry, I don't think we use that serial number in dating anyway. I would 1935 based on the movement date code. 

Posted August 2, 2020 - 7:17pm

When taking photos try turning off the flash.  I had the same problem and it always puts too much glare in the photos.  Nice watch.  


1935 Bulova Trident

Here is a 1935 ad.   The zero in the 10 o'clock marker is a unique one.

Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) · 14 Jun 1935, Fri · Page 4


Posted August 3, 2020 - 3:07pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

Thank you for the information. I used your advice and hopefully the pictures of my possibly 1969 Miss America and unknown 1954 ladies watches will be more clear. Still learning.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 2, 2020 - 7:42pm

Agree - for 1935 this is Trident

1935 Bulova Trident

Posted August 3, 2020 - 7:56am

1935 Trident seems to be a match.

Posted August 5, 2020 - 10:00am

157630 Best picture I could get. Tried to get a picture of the other markings, pretty much impossible. 

Best picture I could get of the case numbers