Military Issue

Bulova 1944 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10AKCSH
Movement Jewels: 
16
Case Serial No.: 
AF43 125227
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

WWII Bulova 'Type A-11 Navgation'

Chrome plated base metal Silver Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Flat Black Dial shows White printed Military standard Arabic numerals and track.

A steel dust shield and gasket appears between the Caseback and Movement.

Stainless Steel Caseback screws on and is stamped as shown.

Crown is original.

Hackset.

* Great example of the plating process involved in a Silver cased WWII Bulova A-11 Navigation watch.

Image 5 clearly shows the Chrome plate and a Reddish primer (or oxidation) worn through to the Silver Case on the side.

as found.

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Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
10AKCSH
Movement Jewels: 
16
Case Serial No.: 
AF43 - 34290
Case shape: 
Round
Crystal Details: 
26.0mm Diameter
Additional Information: 

Case material is silver colored metal that is not chrome and has resisted the the elements much better than the normal chrome plated ovr base metal cases of typical Type A-11 cases. The case measures 30mm or 1 1/8 inch diameter w/o crown, 36.0mm lug-lug, 16.0mm between lugs. The stainless steel case back is stamped:

TYPE A-11

SPEC.NO. 94-27834

SER.NO. AF43-34290

PART NO.10AKCSH

ORD.NO. W535AC-33934

BULOVA WATCH CO.

21/11/2011 Edited case material to reflect new support data indicating numerous instances of silver cased military issued Type A-11 WWII era hack watches.

This Type A-11 watch meets all of the requirements of military specification no. 94-27834 dated 1941, Watch Navigation, Type A-11 (Hack).

There are no military specified plating requirements in mil-spec 94-27834. Pate finish was left to the manufacturer. Big bad Bulova move. I don't wonder why so many Bulova chrome plated WWII era Type A-11 & ORD watch movements are re-cased. The auction market is flooded with re-cased watches & sold as Pilot watches.

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Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
10 AKCSH
Movement Jewels: 
16
Case Serial No.: 
AF43 61018
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

WWII Bulova 'Type A-11 Navigation'.

Chrome plated *base metal Silver Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Black Dial shows White printed Military standard Arabic numerals and track. Hour, Minute and sweep Center Seconds Hands are painted White.

An anti-magnetic shield and gasket appears between the Caseback and Movement.

Decagonal Caseback is Stainless Steel, screws on and is stamped as shown.

Crown is original.

Hackset.

The Type A11 is shown finished on a New Old Stock Vintage WWII U.S. Military issue 1 piece strap.

*early Bulova Military Cases were Chrome plated base metal Silver.

 

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Bulova 1950 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A-17A
Manufacture Year: 
1950
Movement Model: 
10 BNCH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
14182
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Bulova 'Type A17A' - Korean War Era U.S. Military issue.

Parkerized Steel Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Black Dial shows Luminous and White printed numerals. Hour and Minute Hands are Luminous filled and the sweep center Seconds Hand is unique with a Luminous Arrowhead tip.

A Steel dustshield and gasket appears between the Caseback and Movement.

10 sided Caseback is Parkerized, screws on and is stamped as shown.

Crown is Steel.

Hackset.

The A17A is shown on its original issue strap.

 

* 100% correct as found - from the estate of a retired U.S. Naval Officer.

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Bulova 1945 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1945
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10 AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
OF-104157
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

WWII Bulova ORD CORPS.

Stainless Steel Case measures 39mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

White Dial shows Military standard Arabic numerals and Black printed tracks. Hour and Minute Hands are Military radium and a radium 10AK Military Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial fully obscuring the 6.

Anti-magnetic dust shield and Gasket between Caseback and Movement.

10 sided Stainless Steel Caseback screws on and is stamped as shown.

 * although the Movement is Dated to 1944 this style of Military Case did not appear until 1945-'46.

as found - glass in poor condition.

 

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Bulova 1960 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
3818A
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
10 BNCH
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
A6352
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Stainless Steel Case measures 39mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Original Black '24 hr' Dial shows Luminous and White printed numerals, tracks and Bulova logo are printed White. Hour and Minute Hands are Luminous filled and the sweep Center Seconds hand is Steel.

Crown is Steel.

Anti-magnetic dust shield between Caseback and Movement.

Caseback screws on and is stamped as shown.

 

In May of 1961 President John F. Kennedy sent 400 U.S. Green Beret 'special advisors' to South Vietnam to help train South Vietnamese Soldiers in methods of counter insurgency in the fight against Viet Cong guerrilllas:

First introduced in 1956 this Vietnam War era United States Military issue MIL - W - 3818A would be the last Military piece produced by Bulova.

The Bulova 3818A is shown on a N.O.S. era correct Nylon one piece strap.

 

 

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Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Symbol: 
X
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
032651
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Screw down back with rubber seal and dust cover. As found, winds set runs strong, near mint dial

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Bulova 1942 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
10 AK
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Model: 
10AK
Case Serial No.: 
22356
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

 

Ordnance Dept OF - Waterproof Case.

Nickel plated Circular Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non-inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Screw on Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown.

Very low Serial number.

In need of an Hour Hand and Glass.

** Watch purchased from Pearl City, Hawaii which resides on the Northern Shore of Pearl Harbour, the Home of Ford Island U.S. Naval Air Station on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu.

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Bulova 1942 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
10 AK
Manufacture Year: 
1942
Movement Symbol: 
Arrow
Movement Model: 
10 AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
379385
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Chrome plated Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

White Dial shows luminous Arabic numerals and Black printed tracks. Hour and Minute Hands are luminous and a Military 10AK sweep Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial totally obscuring the 6.

An anti-magnetic shield and gasket appears between the Caseback and Movement.

Stainless Steel Decagonal Caseback screws on and is Stamped as shown.

Glass and seal are correct.

Ordnance Dept OF (Waterproof Case).

Authentic World War II U.S.Miltary non-Hacking Garrison (support troops) Watch.

** Watch purchased from Pearl City, Hawaii which resides on the Northern Shore of Pearl Harbour, the Home of Ford Island U.S. Naval Air Station on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu.

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Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1943
Movement Model: 
10AKCSH
Case Serial No.: 
Unknown
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Type - A11

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