Bulova 1943 Military Issue "A-11"

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AF 43 26617
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Military Type A-11
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All working lovely military WW2.  Solid silver case, not chromed. No more info, let you do the work! ; )

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 11:45am

Leave it to you my dear friend to come up with something like this. Is this the Military you were angeling for the other day? This one is going to take some real digging me thinks. This is  Hack movement is it not.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:17pm

Thanks John, yes this is the one, less than $50 with two others. Yes, it is hacking, and sold as non worker, I was going to use the10AK in my Air Warden for spares to repair it but it works fine, and the dial on the A/W cleaned up a treat too so it is a keeper now.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 3:16pm

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Well it better be a keeper cause if the bezel is silver it's gonna be very difficult to find another. I've never seen one yet though I have seen several marked as Sterling base during the war years they were public issues, not military. Perhaps Bulova overlooked this marking on military watches? Not my fortay here, so I'm left guessing. Wish I could be of more help on this one but I think Mark is the most experienced with the military line.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 3:41pm

Shawn, as mentioned earlier there is an old post with a link to another site with remarks on other silver cased Bulova type A11's, so it's not the only one. There is another in our DB, but as it is slightly smaller than known Bulova A11 cases, it is a tentative.

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William Smith
Posted July 18, 2012 - 5:07pm

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Based on our three (or four) choices, I'm going w/ 1943 A-11 tentative.  Do I have the 4 "choices" correct? 

1. Non-conforming 
2. Unknown
3. Known
     3.a  Known Tentative
     3.b  Known Confirmed

IMO The silver vs silver base issue may not change the model name, as it most likely wasn't named anything different if a very few examples had solid silver cases. 

Unless we are concerned that it's a "knock-off" in silver (highly unlikely), or (based on Shawns comments), it was put together from various parts- a silver bezel which was non-military issue /w a military issue case back (non-conforming), one could argue for a known confirmed ID.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 8:29pm

I know very little about the Military watches, and I think there is a Government spec sheet that has been posted somewhere on this site with all of the spec's for the cases, so that might shed some light on this one. It would seem to me that a Silver case would not stand up like a Chromed or Parkerized finish especially in a military environment?


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Posted July 18, 2012 - 8:34pm

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I've seen hundreds of WWII military watches and the solid silver case is sort of like Bigfoot to me.  Lots of talk but I've just never seen one.



Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:12pm

I agree with Will. 1943 A-11 Tentative until we see another one with the solid silver case. OT do you think you could come up with that spec sheet?? It might make this whole thing a lot easier.

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William Smith
Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:26pm

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JP Here's a link to discussion on military specs.  It has two links to these military documents off stie.  The links are in the comment by MB member  hq_sandman_ute.  You can see many military specs this way.  Here's the thread: http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1950-military-issue-17a-2370?page=2  Too much stuff/work for OT to re-post in htis thread.

Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:45pm

The spec's that I was thinking of were posted well over a year ago, and I think Wayne Hanley was the member that posted it, but I am having a hard time locatiing it...maybe Mark will remember it, I think its was one of his watches that it was posted with.