Bulova 1938 President

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I found this Bulova about two weeks ago in my late aunt's house. It belonged to my uncle. It is a 7AP 21 jewel watch




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Reverend Rob
Posted June 10, 2013 - 10:35am

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The dial is awfully crisp for one so old, usually the moisture has done some damage and flakes are common.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 7, 2013 - 7:16am

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Great looking watch - I think it IS a Minute Man - President model has engraving - I'm actually wearing mine as I type these words......

Posted June 7, 2013 - 4:43pm

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Not a Minute Man, the MM has a slight tonneau shap to it. I'm all in with a President, variant n/a.

Posted June 8, 2013 - 4:20am

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I believe all Minute Man models of these era had 17J movements.

I agree it's more likely to be an unknown variant of the President (21J). We have an advert for an unengraved President from this era.

Either the minute or hour hand are incorrect.....non matching pair.

Posted June 10, 2013 - 2:06am

Case dimensions will help...the Presidents were the longest, and didn't the Minute Man have a slight Tonneau shape to the crystal? besides being only 17J...

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Posted June 10, 2013 - 7:23am


Yes, the 'MINUTE MAN' of this era is 17 Jewels, the (42mm) Case tonneau, slightly.

This Case should come in at 46mm in length.


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alien Ant
Posted June 10, 2013 - 9:30am

Like I said wrong minute and sec. hands.

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William Smith
Posted June 11, 2013 - 3:19pm

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The possible redail would not impact the model ID for me.  I'll update record from 1937 to 1938 based on case serial number.  alien Ant may be right about hands, but again, no impact on the model ID based on hands from me.

Posted August 12, 2013 - 11:14am

The case could be made that if the hands are not correct that maybe the redial did happen and the owner lost one of the correct hands or the person who sent it out for redial lost a hand and replaced with what was available.

Posted August 21, 2013 - 12:11pm

Has any one seen this case with the same dial only no sub seconds provision?? I have one and it has no sub seconds on it.