Bulova 1944 Military Issue "A-11"

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2.406
Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10AKCSH
Movement Jewels: 
16
Case Serial No.: 
AF43 143686
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

*  Rare Radium Dialed Military issue Type A-11 Navigation.

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

Black Dial shows Military standard Radium numerals, tracks are printed in White. Hour and Minute Hands are 'Spade and Sword' style, radium filled. Center seconds Hand is White (broken shaft)

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

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

* Note: PART NO 10AKCSH-R

Crown is original.

Project, will update.

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mwwcsgf417
Posted October 21, 2011 - 12:23am

Its does! Coolbeanz this could be a spectacular investigation now! I can wait to find out what that new info reveals!

J

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 21, 2011 - 5:34am

Going with the 'glows in the dark' theory for now, it's all I have.

Case looks plated base metal Silver. Can't wait to pop the Crystal and see what's under there: needs a secs Hand, the old lume in the Hour and Minute Hands still looks intact.

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Posted October 23, 2011 - 2:55pm

I now own 2 WWII Military Cases with this Red 'crap' on them.

Investigation reveals this is called 'Firescale', an Oxidation of Silver which possibly occurs during the initial plating process.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1944-military-issue-11-2624

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 6, 2011 - 12:18pm

Fresh from the proverbial 'sock drawer'

Radium numerals, Spade and Sword Hands.

* Caseback does not have the 'R' designation.

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Posted November 25, 2011 - 7:46pm

11/25/2011

Military issue box image added confirms the 'R' part number suffix = Radium Dial.

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Posted April 3, 2012 - 9:01pm

according to the document below the original request from Uncle Sam to develop the Radium Dialed Military A-11 occured in September of 1943.

 

The request was complied with in October 1943.

 

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William Smith
Posted April 3, 2012 - 9:07pm

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Great sleuthing Fifth!

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted April 3, 2012 - 9:31pm

haha, You're post came in before I could finish Will!....here's the last snippet of the final document indicating 2 samples were delivered.

 

IMO, these A-11 Dial 'improvements' lead directly to the development of the A-17 Navigation.

 

Another interesting tid-bit is in the last paragraph of the 2nd letter in My post above: Elgin proclaims that they are furnishing 'Wrist Watches to the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Department with lumionous Dials'. - IMO they are discussing the 15 Jewel Military Issue Watches marked 'ORD DEPT' which would make the A-11 an Air Force issue piece exclusively, hence the 'AF' preceeding the Seriel number on the Caseback.

AF abbreviating AIR FORCE.

 

enjoy!

 

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William Smith
Posted November 23, 2012 - 1:58am

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Hard to not give three ticks for Military Issue. :)  I don't remember, were we discussing giving these tentative names like A-11, A-17 etc....?

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Posted December 2, 2012 - 11:09am

The subject A-11 would appear to comply with additional requirements of the U.S. Navy  Bureau Of Aeronatics, as indicated below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_of_Aeronautics