Bulova 1960 Military Issue "3818A"

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2.01
Variant: 
3818A
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
10 BNCH
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
A6352
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Stainless Steel Case measures 39mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Original Black '24 hr' Dial shows Luminous and White printed numerals, tracks and Bulova logo are printed White. Hour and Minute Hands are Luminous filled and the sweep Center Seconds hand is Steel.

Crown is Steel.

Anti-magnetic dust shield between Caseback and Movement.

Caseback screws on and is stamped as shown.

 

In May of 1961 President John F. Kennedy sent 400 U.S. Green Beret 'special advisors' to South Vietnam to help train South Vietnamese Soldiers in methods of counter insurgency in the fight against Viet Cong guerrilllas:

First introduced in 1956 this Vietnam War era United States Military issue MIL - W - 3818A would be the last Military piece produced by Bulova.

The Bulova 3818A is shown on a N.O.S. era correct Nylon one piece strap.

 

 

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 14, 2011 - 1:24pm

Yes mine was a black belt Bulova A17A. I had to turn it in when I retired in 1984. Although at turn-in the supply guy was willing to overlook one of my flight jackets, they wouldn't do that with the watch & I wasn't interested in watches at the time.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 14, 2011 - 1:32pm

Then they were recycled.

The A-17A Caseback You show above Wayne comes with a Case and a 15 Jewel 10 BNCH Movement

Dated LO

which certainly contradicts the IHC chart showing MIL-W-6433A (A-17A) having an initial production Date of 1960. I again propose te IHC chart should read 1950.

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shooter144
Posted November 14, 2011 - 6:34pm

As to being recycled, I am most certain that these were. Cases were somewhat cheap, quality well adjusted hack movements, not so cheap, and that could be why we have the watch of Waynes that may be in a possible  Elgin case (recycled mvmnt in a new case), and I say MAY, as we do not yet know for sure if its a Bulova case or not...just one more worm in the can lol, and the can is overflowing...maybe we could get together and do a lil fishin????

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bobbee
Posted April 13, 2014 - 6:39am

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture FifthAvenueRest... Posted November 14, 2011 - 6:32pm

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Then they were recycled.

The A-17A Caseback You show above Wayne comes with a Case and a 15 Jewel 10 BNCH Movement

Dated LO

which certainly contradicts the IHC chart showing MIL-W-6433A (A-17A) having an initial production Date of 1960. I again propose te IHC chart should read 1950.

 

 

Wrong movement for an A17-A, should be in a 3818A, and cannot possibly date to 1950 because the 3818A 10BNCH fifteen jewel was not produced until 1956.