Dial changed to red okey or frankenbully?

airborne's picture

Hello every one. I am looking at a nice looking Bulova everything is authentic but the dial is changed to a red colour.Is this okey or is the watch and the value off the watch ruined. The dial is professionally restored the change is the colour change to a fire red one.

What do you think????

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 14, 2013 - 11:47am

Would depend on which model.

Think of it as changing the colour of a Car:

If a rare or exotic Car has non original colour paint then there would be an adjustment in value for the change.

A 1993 Buick grocery getter not so, fresh paint no matter the colour may even increase its value.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 14, 2013 - 11:48am

Panel Member

It's really a matter of personal opinion, but to most collectors, a non-original dial refinish, especially in a colour never offered by the company is a no-no. It all depends what you are looking for, it's kind of like a car analogy I often use, either you like the original model T or a hot rodded version with flames painted on the side. 

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 14, 2013 - 11:49am

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Two car analogies posted at virtually the same moment!!

airborne's picture
Posted September 14, 2013 - 12:02pm

It's a Corrigan. Offered by my antique dealer with a fire red dial

Jim Townsend
Posted September 14, 2013 - 5:12pm

Personal tase is what matters. If you like it go for it i say. I have a 47 Arnold i will be sending out to have the dial redone. Not decided on the finish yet. But i have seen these redone in greens blues and reds and they command a high price . Just my thoughts.

Posted October 12, 2013 - 8:22pm

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A Corrigan... in my opinion would need to be redialed.  That watch is such a classic art deco watch why on earth would you detract from it's original intent to highlight that case?

airborne's picture
Posted October 13, 2013 - 4:08am

I totaly agree, but the case is in mint condition thats why i like it maybe change the dial to another one.

Posted October 14, 2013 - 4:32pm

Panel Member

I'd go with the original finish or a classic like this. I you feel the need to go with a custom color, buy a common model Bully and change it up.