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Bulova 1930 Minerva

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It has the arrow but also the sign that looks like a fancy A. I wanted to get an estimate of what this watch may be worth. The band says USA don't know if it is the original. It has 4 "emeralds" and 2 "diamonds" on the front, do not know if they are real . The watch works 

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cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:26pm

It's impossible to get a shot of the inside backing with all the info. 

There are 3 numbers at the top starting with H that were carved in. Says Swiss 15 Jewels, there is an arrow between  6apa and rf5 . I think  I have the model number right.  A symbol that looks like a fancy A, lots of numbers inside.


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William Smith
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Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:41pm

Hi Cindy    Nice Watch

If you can get better pictures, that makes things easier. If you can't, could you enter the stuff written on the inside case back?

The arrow date sign doesn't show up till 1937.  How did you determine 1924? 

cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 12:59pm

Hi William, inside it says "Pat. June 10, 1924". I know that is just when it is patented but it's all I had to start with. 

Ok the carved numbers, even with a 60x loupe were hard to read so will give as close as I can on those:

H5385-5-56W, H86 (0 5 3 , not sure which is that next number) 7-1265, H399-656 A or H.  

Other numbers on the watch are : 6APA (arrow) RF5 The arrow is between those pointing up, I think. 

MM53 is under the patent date. 0040296 is after "AAA" (which is under Bulova Quality).

It also says Adjusted and I think the letters are AFZUR (close , very hard to make out)

Swiss is over the 15 Jewels and the number 72263 (the adjusted, 15 jewels , arrow etc., and adjusted are on the inside where the gears are. The rest is on the inside casing.


Thanks for getting back to me.  Not sure if I want to sell it or keep it yet, it's lovely!




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Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:08pm

Looks like a 1930 "MINERVA"

third ad down in the left column

Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:11pm

1930 works with the case serial number.

There's a 6AP movement in the database, but not a 6APA. 

cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:30pm

@ Timerestoration, yes all but the band. It has a USA (written all around inside) on a silvertone stainless steel band, so band is probably not original or?? And thanks for finding it. Nice to know those diamonds are real!

cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:32pm

So anyone know what todays value might be? Also want to thank you for getting right back to me! Great site!

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:48pm

Hi Cindy,

Great looking ladies watch. Unfortunately it against site policy to ask about watch worth. if you wouuld please refer to a post under GENERAL information it speaks to the watches worth.


cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 1:58pm

Ok Thanks!

cindy bellamy
Posted February 24, 2012 - 2:47pm

Can't find anything , however still curious if that is the original watch band and what the base metal is, if anyone knows.

Thanks again.