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1940s Midshipman Vs. Minute Man

Hi, guys.

For the life of me I can't tell these watches apart.  


Minute Man:

At first I thought it was just the watch face but then I came across this Minute Man example:

I must be missing something.  These cases look identical to me.


Tom S.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 25, 2019 - 8:56pm

Hi Tom - One of the challenges we have is backwards updating already ID'd watches when a new advert is presented. The third watch you referenced should have been name updated a year or so back when the ad was presented showing it to be Midshipman. The difference, per the ads, is IS the dial. The first Midshipman you reference WAS name updated several years after it was originally ID'd as Minuteman. Good catch, thanks!

Posted October 26, 2019 - 11:24am

Ah, ha.  Thanks.  That clears it up.


Tom S.

Posted October 26, 2019 - 11:51am

You guys are really going to hate me but:

This ad has a watch with what appears to me to be the "midshipman" face.  its labeled "Minuteman".

Tom S.

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 26, 2019 - 7:49pm

Looking at these again, we have an official Bulova advert showing the watch as a 1940 Minute Man, and then we see a 1943 advert showing it as a Midshipman.

I'm inclinded to go back and review these watches, making the 1940 versions a Minute Man and any later 1943 versions a Midshipman (I suspect a named changed due to WWII).


Posted October 27, 2019 - 4:53am

There's an interesting picture in this one that might, or might not, help:

The last photo has four watches side-by-side.  I'm unsure of the details or the years but to my eye #2 and #4 look longer and maybe thinner than #1 and #3.

Tom S.