Bulova 1943 Military Non-Issue

Submitted by Yahnoe on June 3, 2019 - 4:10am
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I believe this to be an A11, the case looks like it could have survived a war. I am not accurate on the model or any other info. The crystal, back and strap are in great shape which leads me to believe they have all been replaced. Also it is not stamped like many others I have seen. Needs to be serviced because it is off by about 3 minutes per day but works.

Any corrected or additional info would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
1943 Bulova watch
Posted June 3, 2019 - 4:13am

Also I’m not sure if the symbol marking is correct or if I’m am looking at the correct area.

Posted June 3, 2019 - 6:42am

1943 Bulova Military Issue A-11, like this 

movement model is probably 10AKCSH

Kathy L.
Posted June 3, 2019 - 11:00am

1943 Bulova Military Issue 

Posted June 3, 2019 - 11:17am

1943 A-11

Posted June 4, 2019 - 12:31am

Thanks, everyone! Anyone know why it wouldn’t have the military stamping I see on most others?

Geoff Baker
Posted June 4, 2019 - 8:46am

Hello Yahnoe, welcome to myBulova. I don't think this is a Military Issue watch ( or A-11). To answer your question, the lack of "Military" notation on the back means that is was not produced for the American Armed Services. The US Government produced specification for watches that several companies picked up and produced, Bulova among them. All of the watches manufactured for the military are noted with the spec on the back. As your watch doesn't have the markings I suggest it was produced for the open market. I would like to do a bit more research on an ID for your watch, thanks for sharing it.

Posted June 7, 2019 - 3:32am


This is what was throwing me off. Possibly a replacement for a lost backing? It is serial numbered but I have no way of researching this that has proven fruitful.

Posted June 7, 2019 - 3:32am

Thanks, by the way.

Posted June 8, 2019 - 9:48pm

Are there any other markings on the back case other than the serial number, which itself doesn't seem to be a standard Bulova number...too short and doesn't correspond with 1943.

It might very well have had the back case replaced, or the entire case is non-Bulova but a generic military type screw back.

Military style watches of this type without a military issue back case are normally ID'd as Military Non-Issue.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 10, 2019 - 9:49am

I'm at a loss, The best I can suggest is Military Non-Issue and I'm tentative on that ID. The case not having Bulova markings and the crown being larger than I see on 1940's era non-military models make it hard to match.

1943 Military Non-Issue (tentative)