Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Vintage Bulova Watch Discussion Forum
Post Reply
Message
Author
Gabe
Posts: 133
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:46 am

Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#1 Post by Gabe » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:17 pm

If so, what would be the proper case size for a men's Gladiator?

User avatar
watchdoc
Posts: 888
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:04 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#2 Post by watchdoc » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:37 pm

Not that I'm aware. Men's 37 X 26 mm roughly

Why do you think there is a ladies model???
"A man is no better than what he leaves behind"
Cecil B. DeMille

Try to remember, Just because you read it on the internet, doesn't make it true!

Gabe
Posts: 133
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:46 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#3 Post by Gabe » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:07 am

Thanks for trying to help, watchdoc.

That is, in fact, the size of the one I have but, at that size, it only takes a 13 mm. strap:

s-l1600.jpg
s-l1600.jpg (54.76 KiB) Viewed 939 times
s-l1600 (2).jpg
s-l1600 (2).jpg (132.75 KiB) Viewed 939 times

User avatar
watchdoc
Posts: 888
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:04 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#4 Post by watchdoc » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:43 am

Yup, people were smaller back when these were made. :shock:
"A man is no better than what he leaves behind"
Cecil B. DeMille

Try to remember, Just because you read it on the internet, doesn't make it true!

Gabe
Posts: 133
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:46 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#5 Post by Gabe » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 am

I know that's often repeated, yet it doesn't explain why wristwatches were so much bigger in the 20's.

User avatar
inatime
Posts: 268
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:06 pm
Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#6 Post by inatime » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:06 am

Interesting, I'm not sure that what you have is a Gladiator, especially if it take a 13 mm strap. My 1930 Gladiator below takes a 16mm strap. My watch is also different from what you've ID'd as a Gladiator. I think yours might be a Lone Eagle.
Attachments
1930 Bulova Gladiator 4.jpg
1930 Bulova Gladiator 4.jpg (101.09 KiB) Viewed 880 times
1936 Bulova Lone Eagle 6.jpg
1936 Bulova Lone Eagle 6.jpg (108.15 KiB) Viewed 874 times
Patrick

User avatar
watchdoc
Posts: 888
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:04 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#7 Post by watchdoc » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:33 am

I do believe Patrick is right on yours being a "Lone Eagle" model, or possibly one of the American Clipper models. Possibly the "F" variant.
"A man is no better than what he leaves behind"
Cecil B. DeMille

Try to remember, Just because you read it on the internet, doesn't make it true!

User avatar
afire
Posts: 1734
Joined: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:08 am

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

#8 Post by afire » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:31 pm

13mm, or 1/2" is fairly uncommon, but it's not that much smaller than 14mm which was very common.
Gabe wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 am
I know that's often repeated, yet it doesn't explain why wristwatches were so much bigger in the 20's.
I guess I don't tend to think of 1920s watches as being that much bigger than 1930s watches.

IDLE SPECULATION ALERT!

But one reason some of them were bigger in the 1920s might be that this was the era of transition from using fairly small movements originally designed for ladies pocket watches to even smaller dedicated wristwatch movements. In my experience, the smaller dedicated wristwatch movements seems to have frequently been used for higher-end watches while the larger vestigial pocket watch movements were more often used on lower-end models in the 1920s. By the 1930s, production of wristwatch movements was in full swing and I suspect that may have something to do with why the trend was toward smaller watches. I don't think there was as much of a connection between the size of the watch and masculinity of the wearer. A compact and accurate watch was a technical achievement.
Real men wear small watches.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests