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Hi everyone l have just joined and would like to congratulate everyone who has contibuted to making this site such a fanastic sauce of information on bulova watches. I have just purchased a 1941 minute man and was looking to resarch he model when l came across this site. Once l had looked at the amount of beautiful and diffrent styles of vintage  bulova    watches it has made me keen to start a collection

Regards donegd


Geoff Baker
Posted May 20, 2014 - 5:15am

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Welcome donegd, we're glad you joined. Looking forward to seeing the Minute Man. Sorry to hear about you catching the Bulova's very contagious!


Posted May 20, 2014 - 5:36pm

And no known cure for it. It just consumes people who catch it. Welcome aboard.

Posted May 24, 2014 - 10:01pm

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Welcome, welcome and apologies in advanced to all your immediate family members for the Bulova bug.

Posted May 28, 2014 - 8:37am

Posted May 28, 2014 - 8:45am

Hi all I've added a couple of pics of the minute man watch I've just purchased I would be interested in member comments and their view on whether I should have the dial restored or not 

regards donegd

P.S.  I seem to have picked up the Bulova Bug as I have just purchased two more and im in the process of negotiating for another one LOL  

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 28, 2014 - 10:03am

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I've had several dials done by international, and they have turned out really well. For an extra charge, you can get a plate made if you have a very specific dial that they don't have the temp for. I was on the fence about re-dials, now that I've done a few, I can say I'm very pleased with the results, as I've had some really nice Bullys with so-so or bad dials. That said, when I'm at a NAWCC mart, I always scoop non-unning Bulova movts for the dials that are on them, if they are in good shape, so that if it ever comes down to an original dial, I will be better prepared to restore it.

I've never had them do one of these two tone rose and yellow dials, but I'm sure Shawn has. 

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Posted May 28, 2014 - 1:21pm

Don't touch that dial!!

You would be ruining a handsome piece in my opinion, and it would no longer be original. Besides, even the best redials can never replicate the original, and can sometimes even look awful.

Apart from the above ask any expert in antiques and collectibles, restoration can dramatically reduce  the value of a piece, except in the case of extreme damage and your watch just does not need it, at least to me.

Take pride in your beautiful watch, it will look good on the wrist and would grace any collection.


And welcome to the site!


Geoff Baker
Posted May 29, 2014 - 5:24am

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There is nothing wrong with redialing your watch. It is simply a matter of personal preference. These watches are not priceless antiques in most cases and are not de-valued by having dials restored. If you are collecting watches to wear and enjoy there is nothing wrong with a full restoration, dial refinishing included. If I owned this watch and intended to use it regularly, I would have it done. International does excellent work, I have had dozens done by them and will continue to do so.

Posted June 18, 2014 - 7:15am

Thanks for your comments regarding having watch dials redialed and thanks RevBob. For the address of international. I have sent off a president B  to them , the price they quoted was very reasonable even with the added cost of them removing and replacing the dial from the movement. 

I have desided to leave the minute man as it is.

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Posted June 18, 2014 - 7:36am

Thank the heavens!

A beautiful watch with totally acceptable, even desirable patina, like an old bronze statuette!

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Posted June 18, 2014 - 4:41pm

 Welcome to Mybulova, Donegd. I don't think I have ever seen a 1941 "Minute Man" with engraving on the sides. I know I have at least one 1940 or 41 "Minute Man" and it doesn't have engraving. Anyone know if there were two versions of this model during this time period?

Jim Townsend
Posted June 18, 2014 - 4:46pm

You have the bug now and there is no turning back now lol Trust me i caught it and love every second of it. The hunt is awesome and when you find a new Bulova its an awesome feeling. Welcome home !!!

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Posted June 18, 2014 - 6:38pm

There were quite a few variants of the MM, some had enraving some not, some were on leather some were on bracelets. Other models had such variants too.

The ads in the forties DB show some of these variants, including the engraved.

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Posted June 18, 2014 - 7:49pm

Thanks Bobbee. Searched some more and found one with engraving. The Minute Man "E" had engraving, a white dial and a metal snap back bracelet. And you are right, there are a lot of variants in this model Minute Man, that I had never paid much attention to. It even came in rolled gold or gold filled cases.

Posted June 19, 2014 - 12:58am

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Donegd can you please consider adding your watch to the database so that we can continue to assist you in the proper identification of your watch.