Bulova 1944 Military Issue

2/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
none
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
plastic
Gender: 
Mens
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Bulova watch
1944 Bulova watch
1944 Bulova watch
1944 Bulova watch
1944 Bulova watch
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bobbee
Posted February 5, 2013 - 10:02am

What a great watch.

At first sight it looks like an un-issued ORD DEPT military watch, but the engraving looks to say that it is a gift to someone in the armed forces, and presented by Bulova Watch Co!

Of course, unless corroborated by a former owner or any papers accompanying the watch, this is just unknown, but it looks genuine to me.

Fantastic watch, buddy!

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DarHin
Posted February 5, 2013 - 10:35am

Zappatore great watch. Is there anything stamped on the inside of the caseback? Thanks.

Possibly a gift of appreciation from Bulova to an employee who served.

zappatore88
Posted February 5, 2013 - 11:37am

thanks, sorry no papers,no marking of any kind inside caseback or the inner caseback as well .

 

zappatore88
Posted February 5, 2013 - 12:06pm

Has the double case back with ruber gasket seal though

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bobbee
Posted February 5, 2013 - 12:13pm

The inner case movement cover is a dust/anti-magnetic cover, made from a beryllium/iron and other metals alloy.

That radium dial is in very good condition dude, so is the case.

 

zappatore88
Posted February 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Thank you for that information, besides a small
Amout of pitting and minor abrasions done by
The previous owner it's looking clean .

bourg01
Posted February 7, 2013 - 12:39pm

Panel Member

I'd say US ORD, unreleased hence the caseback markings which were probably added by some former owner as requested of the engraver. Dial appears to be a refinish as the radium, or lume does not match the hands and it should be the same. Dial could also be a NOS replacement with new lume in the hands.

Tough call but I'd still say " Military ", Mark, your the most knowledgeable of this kind of watch. What do you think?

zappatore88
Posted February 7, 2013 - 2:21pm

The dial is super clean so I figured it was new
Compared to the hour and minute hands, which
Show some age, the numbers have a yellow to
Orange patina to them, the second hand looks
Off to me and the research I've done. I think the
Correct seconds hand should also be blue with
Luminescent like the hour and minute hands,
I could be wrong .

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bobbee
Posted February 7, 2013 - 2:37pm

If you look at the 10 AK/10 AKCSH military models in the watch DB, you will see several watches with mint dials, mine included!
Maybe the minute and hour hands have been replaced, that is all, it is even possible they came from another milwatch.

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William Smith
Posted February 13, 2013 - 10:06pm

Club 5000Panel Member

A great watch w/ that incription on the back.  Some kind of military or at minimum military style. Non-issue.  ..but it's unknown from me...