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Bulova 1939 Doug Corrigan

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17.8 x 19.5 mm


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1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
1939 Bulova watch
Doug Corrigan Movement
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Thomas Wilcox
Posted April 17, 2019 - 5:55pm

* Crystal is without scratches

* Bracelet is undamaged.

* Duglas Corrigan Model

* Keeps good time.

* Movement looks like new.

* Dial needs to be cleaned.

* Bracelet clasp has Pat. No. 2,064,730 (issued Dec 15, 1936)

* Inside back is stamped New York.


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Posted April 3, 2019 - 1:36pm

Hi Thomas, welcome to mybulova. Very nice watch indeed. It's a

1939 Doug Corrigan - Like this one:

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Thomas Wilcox
Posted April 3, 2019 - 2:08pm

Nice. Thanks for the fast reply. I was not aware that the shield over the case detaches. I found this in a thrift shop. :-) What might you suggest I do about having a better dial. Can it be cleaned and also is the crystal sapphire? Thanks very much.


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Kathy L.
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Posted April 4, 2019 - 11:13am

Welcome to myBulova!  Great looking watch in nice condition, what a great find!  Really love the band.  Although it is small enough to be a ladies watch now it is actually a mens model.  You could have the dial refinished but it doesn't look too bad in my opinion.  

1939 Bulova Doug Corrigan

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Thomas Wilcox
Posted April 5, 2019 - 6:17am

Hi Kathy,

Thanks so much for your reply and for he info. It is mainly the band that caused me to think of it as a ladies. the case itself is large enough to be a man's. I have very small wrists so the case itself would be fine for me. :-)


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Posted April 3, 2019 - 2:32pm

1939 Bulova Doug Corrigan

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Thomas Wilcox
Posted April 5, 2019 - 6:33am



Thanks for the information on Douglas Corrigan. I must admit, before finding I was completely unaware of the Corrigan story. What a heroic feat.

Tom Wilcox

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Reverend Rob
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Posted April 4, 2019 - 10:58am

One of the most iconic examples of Art Deco watches, IMHO.

This is one of the more collectible Bulovas, and those swivel lug extenders are like hen's teeth. I haven't seen one on a metal bracelet before, but the deco motif continues on the links, so this is a rare original bird indeed.

The crystal will not be sapphire, usually glass or 'unbreakable' acrylic. It is possible to re-do the dial, but yours doesn't look that bad, and unless the dial is re-done precisely it will affect the value. A good original dial is still what collectors are after.

I recommend taking it to watchmaker for any and all service, they will also be able to advise regarding cosmetic procedures like re-dials. 

1939 Corrigan.

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Thomas Wilcox
Posted April 5, 2019 - 6:29am

Reverend Bob,

Thanks so much for all your helpful information. Yes, the crystal is near perfect with no scratches, I won't replace it. I think it is acrylic. I guess I will keep the dial as is too rather than risk damage. I hadn't seen the metal bracelet on the other Corrigans so I thought it would be good to show the entire bracelet. Glad you appreciated seeing it.

A question . . . .

Is it possible to add an additional  photo - the movement. I haven't figured out a way to do it.

Again, thanks so much for everything.

Tom Wilcox

Geoff Baker
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Posted April 5, 2019 - 7:53am

Hi Tom - you can add a photo in one of these comment boxes by uploading it, click the little green box. It it doesn't work, I'll give you my email address and I'll load it for you. BTW - cool watch, one of the iconic Bulovas of the 1930's

1939 Bulova Doug Corrigan