myBulova Panel Members

The following members of the myBulova.com website form a panel group who's role it is to help visitors to this site determine the age and model of a vintage Bulova watch. Each member brings to the site a unique level of knowledge and expertise. They are not watch gods, nor do they claim to be, they are simply passionate collectors of vintage Bulova watches who are happy to share their time and experience with others.

myBulova.com Stephen Ollman

Stephen Ollman (mybulova_admin) - Created myBulova.com 2006

When looking to buy myself a vintage watch back in 2005 I came across a number of Bulova watches from the late 1920s. One watch in particular that really caught my eye was the 1927 Bulova Lone Eagle. From that moment on I was hooked and I wanted to know more about these amazing watches and the history of Bulova. Whilst searching the web I found there was little or no information out there. I had a light bulb moment and myBulova.com was born.

My passion and knowledge is really focused on the 1920s and 30s watches. I love the art deco style!


myBulva.com - William Smith

William Smith - Joined 2008


 

Shawn Bourget (bourg01) - Joined October 2010

I'm 54 years old, educated and trained as a Certified Electronics Technician . I have always been handy, and loved building and fixing things. I'd take them apart and take a look to see if something seems out of place, broken, or just dirty and in need of cleaning. Then I'd fix them. I bought my first vintage watch in 2002 but it didn't work. That one watch was the birth of an obsession that has led to several thousand purchases, hundreds of watches, books, catalogues, Bulova memorbeilia, tools and parts as I taught myself more and more about the fine art of watch repair. I have spent countless hours researching Bulova's exclusively and I currently have roughly 50-60 of the rarer Bulova's and one of the most complete collections of the "Academy Award" models for men. I'm proud of my simple collecting beginnings in 2002 to where I am today, restoring and reselling vintage watches full time for a living. I may not be formally trained in the art but I've learned an awful lot over the past 11 years. Sometimes home schooling really works, well it has for me.


 

Plainsmen - Joined October 2010

I graduated University  in 1997 with a BS in Criminal Justice.  Since then I’ve worked in Law Enforcement at the local, State, and Federal levels in the USA.  I currently hold an executive level leadership position in a federal law enforcement agency.  When I was in college my father gave me an old Bulova in a box that was his fathers.  He had never seen it run, nor did he know much about it.  I forgot about the watch until 2010.  Having a young son, I decided to find out a bit about this watch so I could let him know about his great-grandfathers watch.  A bit of search on the inter-webs led me to MyBulova.  Although this seemed to be about the only place on the web that had any information, there were huge knowledge gaps in the information/advertisements we had.  Being as my personality is very inquisitive in nature I took this as a personal challenge to find out as much as I could.  I started “investigating” Bulova’s if you will.  In the last three years I’ve poured through hundreds if not thousands of magazines, periodicals, and advertisements.  I’ve helped rediscover a ton of the model names and information of our beloved lost Bulova’s.  I currently buy and sell Bulova’s on the side as a hobby, not really for profit but because I need that steady revolving door to buy new/old Bulova’s!  I’ve been through hundreds of Bulova’s in the last three years.   I quickly found that my Grandfather’s watch was a 1940 Bulova Ranger with the original gold plated band with leather insert!  I’ve since had it refurbished and have been super hooked on these Bulova’s since!  That was what inspired me to keep collecting and serving as a panel member.  It’s that personal connection with a Bulova that first sparked my interest and what I hope will spark for others coming here to look for some information on a loved one’s timepiece.



 

Geoff Baker - Joined November 2010

I am the son of a lifelong watch collector. I have been collecting in earnest for almost 30 years. My father blessed me with many of his own attributes, including watch collecting. In addition to three of his pocket watches, I am still in possession of the first Bulova he gave me back in 1974, it’s a 1960 model (STILL UNKNOWN) that I treasure highly and is the root of my current affection for the brand. He and my mother also gifted me a new Caravelle on the occasion of my graduation (no, I don’t and am truly sorry I let it go).  My collection is currently split about half and half with an assortment of NOS (New Old Stock) models from the 1940 through the 1970’s and a variety of ‘gently used’ beauties  from the 1920’s and 30’s. Like most of my peers I buy many more than I sell although I let a dozen or so escape the collection each year.  Currently it contains about 150 watches, about 125 of them Bulova's. What tightens my mainspring? - The styling of the 1920’s and early 30’s along with any and all chronographs. Having found myBulova.com about 5 years ago I feel right at home with in an eclectic band of collectors who are passionate about advancing the lost history of this wonderful brand AND helping folks around the world learn something about ‘this nice old watch I found……..’.


myBulova.com - Reverend Rob

Reverend Rob - Joined November 2011

I am a Certified Horologist, the Grandson of a Master Watchmaker.  I own my own repair business, and have always had a soft spot for Vintage Bulova's. Good Quality watches, and you'd be paying $400 and up to get that quality nowadays. I have about a dozen Bulova's in my small collection, always on the lookout for an original Lone Eagle.
 

 

Jabs - member since 2013

I started collecting watches in 2013 when I bought my first Bulova as a gift for my wife. Finally it happened that my wife got other watches and I started to build a collection. When I saw the collection of other collectors I thought what fools. Now today I have more than 130 watches and I still think that I'm just getting started. So my collection builds and once I stop working for my employer, I would like to spent time restoring some of the watches in my collection. I am 64 years old and from the Czech Republic, the birthplace Joseph Bulova. I have been trying to find some historical information about Joseph, but he emigrated to the USA at an early age and his family did not leave many records behind in Bohemia. Although I am retired, I'm still working as a business developer specialized archiving programs.


 

Andersok (Ken) - member since 2013

I am a Bulova enthusiast and I enjoy restoring these wonderful watches in my spare time.  I was raised in a family that typically only wore Bulova watches; and although times and watches have changed, I find myself continuing that tradition.  I still possess a couple that have been passed down to me, as well as the first one that I purchased, a 90s Marine Star.  Though I occasionally wear that quartz watch, I have recently developed an interest and a passion for the older mechanical and Accutron Bulovas; which has also driven my dedication and interest in their research and restoration.  My collection is usually temporary and changing (with a few exceptions), as I will often restore and enjoy a watch for some time and then pass it on to a new owner to enjoy.  I tend to focus more on the watches from the 50s through the 70s, but I am also working to expand my knowledge into the earlier decades.  I reside in Virginia, USA, and spent my youth growing up in Illinois. I am a US Navy veteran and currently work as an Accountant for the government.  I look forward to the new postings of Bulova watches by all of the members, and I appreciate the sharing of knowledge this site provides.


 

Alex – member since June 2015

Like most panel members, there is this one particular Bulova watch that gets you hooked onto the brand. In my case that was the Bulova Theodora, a 14K ladies watch from 1926 with 6 emeralds. I found it in a bucket with hundreds of these tiny 50’s ladies watches, all without straps. I went through this bucket with my hands and let the watches slide through my fingers back in the bucket. And suddenly I had this Bulova in my hands. I had no clue what it was, but I loved it. I always have liked the Art Deco style of the 20’s. And this watch is a fine example of that. In my search to try to identify the watch, I discovered the myBulova website and found out the name: Theodora! I still remember vividly the happiness I felt when I was eye to eye with the ad that identified this particular watch. It started a passion that continues until this day. I am honored to be a panel member now myself and help others in identifying their watch. I am specialized in early ladies Bulova watches from 1922 to around 1930.