Bulova 1946 Military Issue

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Model ID rating explained.
2.835
Manufacture Year: 
1946
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10AK
Movement Jewels: 
16
Movement Serial No.: 
N/A
Case Serial No.: 
6280565
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Star
Crystal Details: 
Round 25.2mm
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

CASE BACK IS STAMPED A.F.U.S.ARMY, TYPE A.11, SPEC.NO.94-27834-C, SERIAL NO.AF-46PART NO. 10AK CSH , ORDER NO.13869, BULOVA WATCH CO., AND INSIDE SAYS, STAR WATCH CASE CO., BASE METAL, STAINLESS BACK, 6280565.

VERY CLEAN MOVEMENT SIGNED BULOVA WATCH CO., 16 JEWELS, 10AK AND A SMALL  "CIRCLE" STAMP DENOTING 1944. SHE SETS AND WINDS SMOOTH AND RUNS WELL . CROWN IS ORIGINAL . BEZEL IS A 3 PIECE TOP LOADER WITH THE COIN EDGE ON TOP AND ON THE CASE BACK.

1st I'VE EVER SEEN A BULOVA IN THIS CASE, ONLY ELGINS.OVIOUSLY  AN A-11 MILITARY AND OBVIOUSLY ALL ORIGINAL BULOVA THOUGH  DID REPLACE THE SWEEP SEONDS HAND WITH A SILVER ONEI.

 

 

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bobbee
Posted January 12, 2015 - 7:17pm

Serial number AF-46- means unissued, as it is missing the full serial number after the AF denoting  "Air Force", and the "46" for the fiscal year of issue.

Spec serial number ends in "C", the last of the type A-11's, very uncommon case type.

Here is the military specs for two and three piece cases, as seen in the military parts/instructions catalogue AN 05-35A-9, in the 'vintage Bulova catalogues' DB on this site. As can be seen, the dial for both watches on this page show the "train track" minutes track, unlike the one up for identification.

http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/file/type_a-11/7.jpg

Here is another three-piece-cased example in the DB, as can be seen sporting the correct "train track" minutes track seen only on Bulova Type A-11's. Also visible is the serial number for AF-44 followed by a six-digit serial number, unlike the the example being ID'd.

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1944-military-issue-5148

Great watch Shaun but case dates to 1946 fiscal year, and dial and seconds sweep hand incorrect, seconds hand should be radium coated.

Military unissued for me, but a rarer case nevertheless. Nice.

bourg01
Posted January 12, 2015 - 7:54pm

Panel Member

Hey Bobbee,

great info and Thx, but it leaves me at a loss now. I wondered about the Serial # on the outer case back and agree it may not have been issued but it was worn for sure as the wear would indicate such.

Yea, you got me on the sweep seconds hand. The original snapped in half and all I had left was the silver one. I should have painted it white or red but new white would not have matched and I don't have any red. Maybe I should refinish all 3 hands in white. at least that would be more accurate.

I just can't see that someone pieced this together even though the movement and case serial numbers don't add up. Could be they used old stock movements in newer cases. The military is well known for over stocking parts, and supplies. Hell, you can still find WW11 MRE's on the net and in surplus stores.

Now it's a strange duck we may never fiqure out.

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bobbee
Posted January 12, 2015 - 9:21pm

Hi Shawn, yes the movement could be original to the case. Don't worry about the hand too much, best leave it as "honest"!

Just the dial that is the main thing, I agree it has been worn with the case wear and all, just not "military issue". Possible PX buy, and new dial fitted at some time? Like you say, we may never know for sure.

bourg01
Posted January 12, 2015 - 10:09pm

Panel Member

Well, I have  a spare and the proper hands on another watch in a NOS unmarked case I bought a couple years back but I'm reluctant to swap it as I would be doing something I would never do unless I was going to keep it for myself. 

I also have some NOS white dials but from a different version. I think I'll leave it as is rather than mess with it anymore. I don't want to break anything as it runs so well after the servicing. I've busted things before trying to be perfect so now this is done, I'll leave it as is, as I found it save the seconds hand.

If it doesn't sell, I'll just keep it in my collection.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 13, 2015 - 2:18am

Club 5000Panel Member

Great Military Issue and that back as you say is certainly not standard to others we have seen.

Nice watch shawn!

 

Geoff Baker
Posted January 13, 2015 - 8:04pm

Club 5000Panel Member

MIlitary Issue - nice example Shawn, You do nice work.

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William Smith
Posted January 14, 2015 - 2:31am

Club 5000Panel Member

Even thought Bobbee points out this "Military Issue" may have never been issued (based on missing the full serial number) it meets our ID for Military Issue!!
Nice one, and rather uncommon with that missing full serial number.  Too cool.

JP
Posted January 14, 2015 - 11:07am

Panel Member

Terrific watch Shawn. Military issue from me.

bourg01
Posted January 14, 2015 - 2:22pm

Panel Member

Thanks All, I'm happy to have shared it with all at  MB. I think it's pretty rare and a needed addition to the MB database. I'll be keeping this one, I'll re paint the hands white as original and proudly displayed in the case I've added a photo of. 

I need another daily wear watch like a kick in the head but this one is special to me due to the complexity of the case and markings and it won't sit in the safe like most of my collection.

Bobbee, Thank You for all the info you have brought to the table as I don't know much about military issues and the info you've provided will aid everyone on MB.

 

 

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bobbee
Posted January 17, 2015 - 1:30pm

Cool watch Shawn, it's the only 'C' case A-11 we have!

These watches are unbelievably comfortable, bulletproof and good looking. Be proud bud.