Bulova 1935 Trident

Submitted by JustGary on March 5, 2013 - 9:32pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Crystal Details
Additional Information

Movement marked 15 jewels, adjusted. Case marked Bulova- triangle symbol- 10K Rolled Gold Plate

Case appears white gold plate. no markings inside except for 4 jeweler's service markings, look to be same jeweler. Not currently running, wound tight,   balance&hairspring seem good,  pretty nice case, hands and dial, I believe. Browsed ad database, but didn't see anything similar.

Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch
Posted March 9, 2013 - 5:23pm

Watchophilia has the Trident and the Alden, and states in those posts that the GS Crystal for both is the same one.

William Smith
Posted March 9, 2013 - 6:09pm

I'm always looking for the official Bulova model price lists from this (and other) dates, as it's able to determine when a model (and variant) came out by when it first appears in the price lists.  They came out quarterly in the 1950's and '60's, with monthly supplements between quarterly (seasonal) editions.  I am fairly sure Bulova released a very similar thing w/ lists in the 1930's.

Posted March 22, 2013 - 12:04am

I took this guy apart last night, gave it a dunk in the ultasonic, pegged,the jewels, demagged, lubed, having issues with winding, setting, but running pretty strong, have no idea about time keeping, as I haven't attached dial and hands.

Posted March 22, 2013 - 1:34am

Gary, is possible that your crystal measurement is closer to 22.0x21.8? I don't see a similarly shaped crystal in the 24x23 size range.

My 1937 GS crystal catalog list's there T717 22.0x21.8 (as Bob states above) as fitting the following:

Alden, Contest, Minute Man, Trident & West Pointer

My Perfit catalog #6 from the late '30's early '40's (not dated) list's the Chancellor only.

I'm sure that the Minute Man listed in the '37 GS catalog is a typo since we all know that the Minute Man takes a completely different crystal and is not even close.

Posted March 22, 2013 - 2:32am

Thanks for the crystal details, Darren.
So if the measurements for the subject are correct, then it is neitherthe Trident or the Alden, as the crystal for these is too small.
If the crystal details are actually nearer the one for the GS catalogue sizes, then the subject is an Alden.

Posted March 22, 2013 - 6:26am

As previously posted on the 16 Feb 2013

Trident, LE, Crystal comparison

Posted March 22, 2013 - 6:31am

Nice one.

That's the one Darren has down as fitting the Trident, Contest and Alden.

Posted March 22, 2013 - 11:49am

I rechecked crystal size, 21.5 x 22.5.

William Smith
Posted March 22, 2013 - 9:38pm

In reply to by JustGary

JustGary  Could you update the crystal info currently in the root record?  The are currently listed as:

Case shape: 


Crystal Details: 

 23mm wide x 24mm high