Bulova 1946 -Non-Conforming

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Here's a 1946 post WWII Bulova Military that I've not seen often. Maybe a few over the past 10 years.

Case back is marked ORD. DEPT, USA, OF 363349, BULOVA WATCH CO. I believe the dial was refinished at some point in time as I found an ID # scratched in on the back. Hands appear original and the crystal has been replaced.

Mark, any idea's on a model ID?

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 23, 2013 - 4:52pm

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The balance cock , and possibly the balance complete is probably a replacement. Interesting watch.

Posted September 23, 2013 - 6:17pm

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Hmm, I hadn't noticed that till you mentioned it but I can see that now.

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Posted September 24, 2013 - 9:07am


These are interesting and the most intriguing point to Date personally is the seriel number inside the Star Watch Case Co stamped Caseback which coincides with the Movement datecode: 1946.

OF stamped before the seriel number on the outer back indicates a waterproof Case, as shown on Page 2 of the U.S. War Dept technical manual TM 9-1575 dated 6 April 1945 and that the Watch was issued, or intended for issue.

The bezel style has been seen before housing the Military issue 15 Jewel 10AK yet there is no documentation that I'm aware of to support its existance.

The Dial non-conforming to published Military specs. 

Posted September 24, 2013 - 9:45am

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Hi Mark,

Thx for the info. Obviously the watch must have been issued at some point as we have seen a few over the years and stamped as such.

I have a couple spare dials but they are black with white print figures and register. I think the original dial would have lumed figures as the hands are lumed. I'm certain the dial was refinished some time ago so it's impossible to know if it was redone as original or not.

I may get this one redone with lumed figures and have the hands relumed.

Recently picked up an A17A but it has a mainspring issue and none conforming hands. Just another project for me to do.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 25, 2013 - 5:40am

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Having zero expertise on all things military I am witholding my vote on this watch. I'm going with the flow on this one.

Carry on

Posted September 25, 2013 - 8:33am

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I'm kinda the same. Mil models aren't my speciality...but thinking to use our generic Military Issue category.

Posted September 25, 2013 - 10:31am

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That's where I'm at. No expertise with Military. Was hoping Mark would know but it's "Unknown" to him as well. At least we do know it's a Military issue.

Posted September 25, 2013 - 11:57am

If you need the hands re-lumed or need new hands and the same for the other watch as well, PM me.

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Posted September 25, 2013 - 1:40pm

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A Milspec, non conforming. 

Unknown, but perhaps we can put these all together as Military, with the probability that they will not get ID'ed 100%, especially if they are modded in any way.

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Posted September 25, 2013 - 4:02pm

I'm almost pretty sure We've seen this Case on site before and deemed it an 'UNKNOWN', now I can't find it.



I'd Swap the Dial out for the White 10AK surplus issue, which are readily available N.O.S. for a few bucks on our 2nd favorite website.

I have a boatload of the Bayonet style Seconds hands, if You want one just holla.