Bulova 1938 Minute Man

Submitted by plainsmen on November 24, 2023 - 11:36pm
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I believe we have a unknown Minuteman variant.  I believe I've seen thr black and yellow dial style a few times in the past but this is the first I've owned.

I don't know if it's a redial, but if it is, it's been done pretty decently.

Sporting what may be the original Kreisler leather strap.

1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 F
1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 L
1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 R
1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 M
1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 IC
1938 Bulova Minuteman 11-24-23 B
Posted November 26, 2023 - 2:38pm

I like it! My observations:

Movement dated 1938, but case s/n says 1941. We have ad documentation of one Minute Man with this two color dial, but is has Roman numerals. It's quite possibly a redial, as fully numbered M.Men in the time period with a full numbered dial sported raised numbers. It seems logical if this one was a redial of the linked one, the person doing the redial used the available template at hand.

1941 Minute Man with probable redial.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 26, 2023 - 8:25pm

Jerin - any adverts to support your observations?

Posted November 28, 2023 - 4:49pm

Here is one I restored some time ago, with what appears to be an original dial.



Posted November 28, 2023 - 7:04pm

This looks to be a Minute Man.  This black and gold dial as well as the 1940s black and white dials seem to be factory but I have been unable to find any documentation of this dial configuration.  

Posted November 28, 2023 - 7:36pm

I've identified variants B, C, D, E and F through adverts. Nothing labeled "A" so assuming the initial release (1937) just defaulted to the "A". However I'm curious what is was as the "B" seems to be the base model, non-engraved on a leather strap.

  • Minute Man "A" - ????
  • Minute Man "B" - white dial, plain bezel on leather strap
  • Minute Man "C" - white dial, plain bezel on bracelet
  • Minute Man "D" - black dial, plain bezel on bracelet
  • Minute Man "E" - whte dial, engraved bezel on bracelet 
  • Minute Man "F" - whte dial, engraved bezel on bracelet

1937-38 Bulova Minute Man watch series


Posted November 28, 2023 - 7:58pm

We know there were other variants as well.  The Sentry and the Midshipman.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 28, 2023 - 9:28pm

1938 Minute Man, no variant

Kathy L.
Posted December 1, 2023 - 7:06pm

I am good with Minute Man, unknown variant.

1938 Bulova Minute Man