Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Submitted by Wayne Hanley on September 10, 2011 - 5:51pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case color
Watch Description


The Type A-11 was not so much a specific watch model but a production standard used by a number of watch companies (Elgin, Bulova and Waltham), with numerous case and minor dial/hands variations (there were even silver-cased watches, as nickel was considered a metal more critical for the war effort!), though some design aspects were largely universal: Black dial; white hands; a hand-wound hacking movement with center second hand, hour numbers from 1 to 12; a second scale with smaller minute/second numbers in increments of 10 on the outside edge of the dial; and same-type minute and hour hands.

This Bulova version of the A-11: this was the watch that was issued by the British as the Mark VIII, with an A. Schild SA Cal. 1238 movement (10.5'''), which while basically a Swiss movement was actually built in the US by Bulova as the cal. 10AKCSH, which also resulted in the lack of "Swiss Made" on the dial. The name can be parsed so: cal. 10AK, CS = center sweep, H=hack.

Part of this Description was extracted from "Watches That Helped Win The War" article by Ken & Crusader Edited 9/11/2011

Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
Posted November 28, 2012 - 2:04am

As these watches were originally made for military issue, why not just have a "catchall" name for them, simply Military Issue or for those without ORD markings, with or without any other case back marks, Military Issue (re/un-issued)?

Posted November 28, 2012 - 2:13am

Three ticks from me

William Smith
Posted January 22, 2015 - 6:02pm

I had read that military issue watches post 1940 were stamped on the back as such.  This one is 1943, and looks like a "Military non-issue".  One tick as published, but it's really splitting hairs, and the difference may simply be a serial number range for production and the presence or absence of a stamp on the back.

William Smith
Posted July 5, 2015 - 8:16pm

Me thinks this one should be  a "military non-issue" and we can keep the A-11 part as variant field.  Or Bobbee suggested "un-issued".