Bulova 1945 Military Issue

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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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shooter144's picture
Posted November 6, 2011 - 11:56pm

Sounds like you put way to much energy into 'something ' you dont like, to write all that. This site isnt a collectables site, it is a site designed and purposed to POSITIVELY identify CORRECTLY, vintage Bulova watches...not something close or assembled from some pile of surplus parts of unknown origin, but accurate as from factory examples ov these watches. Bulova themselves send people here to ID their vintage watches because they cannot. Accuracy here is of the utmost importance. We strive and argue and debate untill we have accurate and correct (as best as possible) info for the masses to use, At our expense in both time and money. Many members hash it out like this, it causes us all to look AT the minutia and question untill we get the correct and accurate answers to the very best of our abilities.

If you want speculation and cool not so correct watches, there are tons of forums OUTSIDE of here to spout off on. But that is not what this site is for.

MyBulova.com is an attempt at re creating the now lost Bulova data on vintage Bulova watches and for us to succeed, we must discuss and sometimes argue about the minutia in order to have accurate data.

shooter144's picture
Posted November 6, 2011 - 11:59pm

And watch that those tears of boredom dont drip on your keyboard, might short it out.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 7, 2011 - 3:00am


I think you are missing the point of the site. No one here is an expert on Bulova watches, some folks have lots of expeirence & are willing to impart that knowledge right here for free. I am a student & learning about Bulovas. I for one see the crap on the auction sites & see so many pieces of crap put together by folks out to take advantage of the ignorant. I think it's much better to be aware than to have your ass taken to the cleaners by someone that knows that these watches can be put together from parts from several watch manufacturers, that made WW II watches & be sold to the ignorant for a hefty profit. There are more WW II watches out there than we had soldiers to wear them. Read what you want, wherever you want, your choice. Buy what you want, sell what you want. Write what you want. I'll choose weither or not I want to read it.

Wanna Buy a Watch!


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 6, 2011 - 11:45pm

I dunno Man, I consider this a brilliant bebate.

shooter144's picture
Posted November 7, 2011 - 12:05am

Necesary as well. Wayne has some legitimate points, as do you.

 I should say tho that patina from that era could easily be from say 1950 instead of the 40's, and no tool marks are not really a good indication of it never having been worked on or swapped. Ive seen tons of running watches with a number of jewelers scribes showing not a scratch anywhere (10x) on the movement. Skille dworkers in that era were indeed skilled !!!! Screwing up what equates to an $800 - $1000 Bulova in those days by scratching up the movement would likely be a career ender...but your point is still valid...lol wow how e gonna figure this one out?

Do we have a case from Waltham and Elgin and a Hammy to look at the tool marks inside the case and see how they cut them compared to what we mostly consider a proper Bully??? That may be the only way to ID these cases (if there is even a differance in the tool marks)

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted April 8, 2012 - 7:30pm

so where were We. oh Yes the Bulova 'ORD CORPS'


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 22, 2012 - 7:21am

Although depicting the 16 Jewel WWII era Navigator A-11 Hack a recently discovered ad shows the Case design of the subject in Military use by 1945.

bobbee's picture
Posted May 3, 2013 - 10:41am

Certainly looks similar, though the ad pic case looks a little slimmer all round.

EDIT:- The above ad actually dates to 1946, and does not really look like the subject case anyway.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 22, 2012 - 12:57pm

Bulova 'Type A-11 Navigation' Hack in a 1945 -'46ish+ design (Star Watch Case Co) Stainless Steel Case.

Good stuff!

bobbee's picture
Posted May 6, 2013 - 11:20am

Case back of the above watch. Check the background cloth, and this watch is posted in the 1950 A-17A thread.

 Strange 1945 '46ish design case, with an A-17A stamp!