Bulova 1940 Marshall

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Amber, curved, 27.1 x 13.8mm, MX432
Additional Information: 

Curved shape, Omega date mark (1940), bought 1999 in Palo Alto, CA for $250.  "B-10K Gold Fill" on case.  

Watch has a white face, appears yellow through amber crystal. Watch is 9.5/10 functional and aesthetic condition. Crystal size is an exact match for MX432, which corresponds to the "Palm Beach", the original designation of this watch.

However, in August, 2012, an ad surfaced which almost certainly demonstrates that this watch is the 1939 Marshall model.

Pix of the movement and inner case are available in the comments section.

Many heartfelt thanks to the denizens of MyBulova, who generously shared their time and expertise to help ID this watch!

EDIT 2012.08.09. Changed from 1939 Palm Beach to 1940 Marshall by request of owner. Will Smith

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Posted April 25, 2011 - 3:45pm

Just noticed the datemark on the movement. It matches the mark used in 1930 and 1940. I assume this watch would be from the latter?

Posted April 25, 2011 - 3:56pm

Yes, 1940.

Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:12pm

Minute Man has my vote.  This is from a 1939 ad. 

Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:30pm

Looks like the Minute Man has numbered seconds, but mine does not. Was there a Minute Man with my watch's style seconds?

Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:44pm

Why don't you take a look at the ads and see what you think?  They are under the Information tab, organized by year.  You now know that the date of your watch is 1940, so you want to look at ads within a reasonable time before and a reasonable time after 1940.

The numbers in the seconds track could have been left off when it was re-dialed.  That's the potential problem with re-dialing, i.e., you don't know if it stayed true to the original.

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Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:44pm

The Case is not even close to a 'MINUTE MAN'.

Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:53pm

In your opinion.  Obviously, others beg to differ.

There is NOT just one Minute Man.

Posted April 25, 2011 - 4:54pm

Gents, do any of the pix or information I posted today help resolve the mystery? Please see my comments on Page 2. Thanks, Noah

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Posted April 25, 2011 - 5:03pm


there is One Minute Man Case in 1938, and this isn't it....

There is an obvious difference in the shape of the Glass,

The 'Minute Man' Case bezel does not have the raised feature around the Glass this Watch shows.

The lugs are totally different.

....and there is a Dial variation.

Posted April 25, 2011 - 5:12pm


I should clarify that the movement has a  "mercury" datemark that indicates it as either 1930 or 1940. HTH. Cheers, N