Bulova 1944 Military Issue "A-11"

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Model ID rating explained.
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.

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bobbee
Posted December 3, 2012 - 10:22am

This actually does not conform to Federal Specification TT-R-58, Grade 22 "M".

"The watch dial shall be black with markings as shown in Figure 1 in white, except that the five minute markings shall be of a radioactive material".

Which means like this Hamilton.

(courtesy of Billy at Broad-arrow.net)

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 3, 2012 - 10:43am

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bobbee
Posted December 3, 2012 - 10:46am

I'm not blind.

I can see the numbers actually do not conform.

They are not painted white.

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bobbee
Posted December 3, 2012 - 11:13am

"6. E-17a.(1) The back of the watch case shall be engraved with the following:

FSSC 88-W-800

manufacturer's Part No.

manufacturer's name".

Release the Entrenching Tool.

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted December 3, 2012 - 2:43pm

Although the subject may not have been Bureau of Aeronautics "approved", it certainly appears to be an attempt. The numerals were White at one time, 70 Years ago +/-.

 

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bobbee
Posted December 3, 2012 - 2:54pm

Yes, by someone with access to the correct radium paint, not freely available I should imagine.

Plus the "-R" on the case back, an enigma.