Bulova 1940 President "B"

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Hi I believe this is a President B   I would like members views on it . I have just bought this watch looking to have the dial refurbished if it can be done at a reasonable cost. Watch runs very well keeps time to 2 mins over 24 hours

Thanks donegd

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donegd 1941 bulova President B 6 9 2014
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Bulova watch
Jim Townsend
Posted June 7, 2014 - 7:50pm

not that i am aware of. Thats why i sent my watch to Jeff Shimp @ Timerestorations. He is a member here also. I am no watchmaker either thats why i sent it out to jeff for a cleaning adjustment and NOS crystal. He removed the dial for me sent it out then did what he had to do to the watch, and installed the new redial for me and did an excellent job.

Jim Townsend
Posted June 7, 2014 - 7:53pm

Here is a link to Jeffs site


Check him out send him an email and tell him i sent you to him he is very reasonable on prices.

bobbee's picture
Posted June 7, 2014 - 10:32pm

Why ruin the watch?
That dial has beautiful patina, sterilising it by having a redial would take away all that natural ageing, spoiling it.
If it needed doing, yes, have it repaired, but no redialler can give it that original factory finish without you having to pay extra, and it would still not be original.
I love it!

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William Smith
Posted June 7, 2014 - 11:44pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I agree with Bobbee.  That dial is beautiful, and looks to be original?   I'd sure leave it the way it is.  Have the watch cleaned/serviced yes, but I wouldn't redial.  That's just my take on it.

Jim Townsend
Posted June 8, 2014 - 3:59am

This was my first and was pleased with the results. I only did it because it was really bad. Out of the 70+ Bulovas i own this was the first all the rest are original. I admit that a few could use it. It is personal prefrence i think some like the old aged look while others like that crisp new look. I have no regrets for my redial donegd. If the dial id in good condition and not hit real hard i leave them but if it is to bad i say redial by all means. Looking at yours it looks like it is in pretty good shape. Why do you think it needs a redial?

Posted June 8, 2014 - 5:50am

Ok people thnks for your replys l will leave well alone and keep it the ay it is

bobbee's picture
Posted June 8, 2014 - 7:07am

Maybe this simple explanation of the aesthetics of vintage watches will help:



"Wabi-sabi" represents a
comprehensive Japanese aesthetic. It
is difficult to explain wabi-sabi in
Western terms, but is sometimes
described as beauty that is imperfect,
impermanent, or incomplete. A
concept derived from the Buddhist
assertion of the first noble truth,
"Dukkha",  Wabi-sabi occupies
roughly the same position in the
Japanese culture of aesthetic values
as do the Greek ideals of beauty and
perfection hold in the West. In the case
of watches, many collectors use the
term to describe the patina, or
imperfect "wear and tear" that comes
from years of use, but adds beauty."

The term does not fully translate into "watch terms", but is widely regarded as the nearest thing to a correct meaning.

Jim Townsend
Posted June 8, 2014 - 7:39am

Thats quiet deep bobbee. Also to each his own, Everybody has differnt tastes, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. etc.

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William Smith
Posted June 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I use Wasabi on my Sushi all the time... I never thought about using it in place of my expensive synthetic watch oils though...  :)    Thanks Bobbee- that's a good term for "slightly used/aged watches" for sure.

Posted June 8, 2014 - 11:21am

Club 5000Panel Member

President B....

I'm absolutely fine with redials.  I think they make the watch look brand new like it was back in the day.  You can keep your patina boys!  Haha...