Bulova 1940 -Unknown

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This watch was given to my Grandfather for his birthday in 1942. Upon opening the case I determined with the help of a jeweler that it is indeed a 1940 watch. I do not think it is The Banker because it has 17 jewels, not 15. If anyone can help me identify it perfectly that would be fantastic. Keeps perfect time... as expected from a Bulova. I've added another photo that shows the case serial number. Speidel band.

The mystery continues...


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Katrina Boehmer 1940 Bulova Minuteman 01 29 2014
1940 Bulova watch
1940 Bulova watch
bobbee's picture
Posted February 5, 2013 - 1:06pm

Same watch here, from 1942:  http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1942-unknown-1014

Ad here has similar diamond fixtures, but no name.

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Katrina Boehmer
Posted February 5, 2013 - 2:31pm

The Set With Diamonds (no name) ad from 1942 has 21 jewels. Mine has 17.
Also, The second hand is marked with 10, 20, etc. on my watch.
The picture from above has no second hand.
I'm stumped. :(

Thank you for trying to help.
Kind Regards,

DarHin's picture
Posted February 5, 2013 - 1:31pm

Looks like a Minuteman but with case embellishments.

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Katrina Boehmer
Posted February 5, 2013 - 2:32pm

I don't believe it is due to the Omega symbol. If it were a Minuteman it would be the T symbol, correct?
Thank you for trying to help.

DarHin's picture
Posted February 5, 2013 - 2:46pm


The Omega date symbol is just that, an indication of the date of manufacture and has no direct bearing on the model. If your watch case didn't have the diamond imbellishments then in my opinion it would be a standard 1940 Minuteman.

Also, you are correct in pointing out the differences with the ad that Bob posted. Granted, the case shape and the imbellishments appear very similar.

bobbee's picture
Posted February 5, 2013 - 2:57pm

I was only indicating the embellishments to the watch in the ad, as it is the only one on the site with this feature, and bear a marked similarity to both the diamond fixtures on both your watch, and the one I link to in my earlier post.

The cases are just about identical in the two watches in the database, and are probably minutemen cases.

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Katrina Boehmer
Posted February 5, 2013 - 3:04pm

True, the cases are similar. The first watch above has been altered at some point, as mentioned in the earlier post. It is possible it stopped working and new hands and band were used?


Another difference, the 7 on the dark hands watch curls to the right further than mine.  

Geoff Baker
Posted February 7, 2013 - 7:20am

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I'm going with the Minuteman

Posted February 7, 2013 - 12:44pm

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I'm with the Minute Man as well. We see lots of models with added embellishments, no biggy.

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William Smith
Posted February 7, 2013 - 4:23pm

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Here's an ad snippet for Minute Man "B", and a second ad from 1939 or right.

There's a 1939 Minute Man example here, with the following crystal specs and case deminsions listed in root record:   

Crystal Details: 

 Federal: MT4-265 165

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Case measures 42.5mm lug to lug x 22mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

I'm good with a Minute Man ID, would give two ticks for tentative.  
Katrine, case demensions of subject watch will help.
...and with two similar examples Bobbee listed/displayed above, it could be the emblishments were not added aferwords...  The other similar example doesn't have case demensions listed either.