Bulova 1945 Arnold

Submitted by tireland on October 24, 2021 - 9:28pm
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20mm x 25mm
Dial showing scrolling up sides of crystal
Posted October 24, 2021 - 9:56pm

I have found the model on one of the 1945 print ads. It's called Bulova Arnold.

Fascinated by this website!

Posted October 24, 2021 - 10:05pm

I am happy to hear you are fascinated with the website.  The team over the years has put a lot work in building the site to be the best resource for vintage Bulova information. I agree that your watch is a 1945 Bulova Arnold noting that it appears the minute hand has been replaced with a different style one.  

Posted October 25, 2021 - 10:17am

I am impressed by the minute details that avid collectors and horologist notice in the images. I'm a relatively newcomer to vintage watch collecting and am learning new stuff all the time.

I was curious about your comment regarding the minute hand being replaced. I found an image of another Bulova Arnold on Etsey. This watch had obviously never been restored or altered and it's hands were like the ones on mine. The cosmetic condition of mine is nice with no staining on the dial or patina, which led me to believe it might have been altered. But the image I found cause me to question any replacement that might have been done.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 25, 2021 - 9:49pm

In reply to by tireland

Both hands should be the same style. Remarkable coincidence that you found another watch with the exact same hands as yours. Yours should look like THIS WATCH

Posted October 26, 2021 - 9:47am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I am sending it to the Illinois Watch Company to have it serviced. I think it might have been over-wound by a previous owner. I don't know the odds of them having the correct minute hand, but I'm going to broach the subject when I get the estimate. Is there a resource for vintage parts like this?

Posted October 25, 2021 - 10:20am

Image found on Etsey of unaltered Bulova Arnold
Here is the image found on Etsey showing similar hands.


Posted October 25, 2021 - 11:35pm

In reply to by tireland

I think you found the missing pair. Your watch has the incorrect minute hand, this one has the matching incorrect hour hand...what are the odds?

Posted October 26, 2021 - 9:54am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

The "odds" indeed! The one I found on Etsey was $99.00. I don't think I want to pay that much for a minute hand. Plus, I fear it would be in rough shape. I guess if the Illinois Watch Company can get it running and keeping good time, I'll enjoy wearing it as it is. I picked it up at a flea market for nothing. Thanks for educating me on this neat timepiece!

Geoff Baker
Posted October 25, 2021 - 9:50pm

Very nice - 1945 Bulova Arnold

Posted October 26, 2021 - 10:00am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thanks, Geoff. I've sent it off for repair. I think it might have been over-wound by a previous owner. I hope they can breathe new life into this wonderful "old timer!"