Bulova 1948 Gloria

Submitted by Kathy L. on June 13, 2018 - 9:58pm
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48 (A8)
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This is a 14K white gold watch.  I think it is Gloria.  It is marked 14K GOLD BULOVA on the back and BOLOVA 14K GOLD NEW YORK on the inside of the case.  Very interesting lug design.  When I saw this in a 1948 ad I was hoping I could find one.  Seems to be running well.  Thanks.

1948 Bulova Gloria watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
1948 Bulova watch
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Kathy L.
Posted June 13, 2018 - 10:04pm

1948 full ad and newspaper ad.

Posted June 14, 2018 - 4:16am

Agree 1948 Gloria it is

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2018 - 6:20am

Wow, there sure is a lot of design elements packed into this one. Great addition to the collection Kathy.

1948 Bulova Gloria

Kathy L.
Posted June 14, 2018 - 2:12pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you!  Yes I was really drawn to the design elements.  It is different yet attractive I think.

Posted June 14, 2018 - 7:40am

Very nice example of the Gloria. Pricelists show three variants at $71.50, A B & C, but no mention of a color for each. None of the ads shows a variant either.

Posted June 14, 2018 - 1:21pm

What a beauty! 3 variant letters usually means yellow gold is the first choice. Likely a Gloria "A", but no confirmation besides intuition available at present.


Confirmed 1948 Gloria - tentative "A"

Posted June 14, 2018 - 2:42pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

Sorry, it looked yellow in photo, I should have asked for confirmation.... If it's white, it's likely a "B". The road less traveled (rose) would be a "C". Bulova seems to be pretty consistent when 3 options are offered.

A = Yellow

B = White

C = Rose.

Confirmed 1948 Gloria - Tentative "B"

Reverend Rob
Posted June 15, 2018 - 12:32am

I'd say Gloria 'B' as well. Looks to be a clean example in good condition.