Bulova 1931 Allerton

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on
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Hinged Yellow Gold Case measures 36mm lug to lug x 25.5mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.  Original Butler finish Dial shows Radium Arabic numerals, Bulova signature is applied Gilt and tracks are printed Black. Hour and Minute Hands are 'Cathedral style' and a Modern style Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial partially obscuring the 6.  A dust shield and Gold retaining ring appears over the Movement.  Movement block is Gold.  Crown is original.  Caseback is stamped as shown.  * Year of manufacture based on Case seriel number.

1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
1931 Bulova watch
Wayne Hanley
Posted December 18, 2010 - 1:43pm

Great find Mark!!! 

 I think this is the Lone Eagle transition from series II to series III. Note the engraving pattern on the bezel sides are the same as the series II. The 1931 Lone Eagle has the same shape case, but with what I call the bowling pin & ball pattern. Let's get Steven involved & get his input.


Below is a 1931 Lone Eagle for comparison.



Posted December 18, 2010 - 2:34pm


Its missing any carving on the horizontal sections of the bezel (?) but the vertical carving seems to still be excellent, dial looks good and the hands seem original and excellent also. There's some really nice stuff coming from Ma and Pa Midwest America. 

Actually had My eye on this one as a parts donor. lol  Too nice for that I think....

Back to the hunt.

Stephen Ollman
Posted December 18, 2010 - 6:32pm

I have some ideas about this watch....can we confirm it's 1929?

Research time!!!

Posted December 21, 2010 - 12:58pm

In reply to by Stephen Ollman



The movement is marked with a Shield.

Posted December 21, 2010 - 1:55pm


Posted December 19, 2010 - 9:14am

Mark, GOOD ONE... Looks like a "plain" bezel version of LE 3, Circa 1931? I may have one glass left?? (That's a rare  BB "A" prefaced "cut corner rectangle" glass, BTW...)

 And It may well have the same 17J movement, to make it more challenging??? if not... then definitely another one to be determined????

Best :-)  Scott

Posted December 21, 2010 - 2:35pm

In reply to by WatchCrystals.net


Place a hold tag on that one. I'm going to be contacting You with an order shortly,  most likely after the Holiday.

10AN Movement is a 21J version, just to make things interesting.

Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:45pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Hey Mark,

I believe I still have 1- 2 LE3 glass left? However if the same crystal fits the Allerton and Edwin... then I suspect NOT FOR LONG!? And out of some 2000 +/- Bully crystals... I scored I think a total of 4- 5 of them!? (i.e. QUITE SCARCE, indeed...)

Best :-)  Scott

Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:52pm

In reply to by WatchCrystals.net

Thanks Scott,

and thanks for the 'ALLERTON' and 'EDWIN' reaffirmation. This Watch needs a Name!

I'll be sending an order soon.

Posted October 14, 2011 - 3:00am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Hey Mark,  I have only (1) of these left... unless I can have David "cut" some, from similar (like proportioned?) glass? So I'll pull it OFF eBay! Luckily it's a Fulton glass... so I now have the correct LE3 crystal part no. IDs, for GS, PF, BB and Fulton!

:-)  Scott