Bulova 1945 -Unknown

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on June 2, 2011 - 4:24pm
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Circular Case measures 35mm lug to lug x 28mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers. Black Dial shows White printed Military standard numerals, Bulova signature and track. Hour, Minute and sweep center Seconds Hands are White painted. 16 Jewel Hackset Movement stamped with a Triangle inside a Circle. Recessed Crown. Snap fit Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown. Strap is N.O.S. Vintage Pigskin by BRITE

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Posted June 2, 2011 - 6:30pm

Probably Bulova, post WWII ,using up excess stock movements. Jewellers and watchmakers often recased movements and dials as well. This is without any doubt a Bulova provided re-case as the minute/seconds register does not show completely. I'd bet some jeweller or watch maker recased this movement and dial in a similar but smaller Bulova case. I'd start looking for the proper military issue case and make it right again. These cases are not identicle to the military cases, the bezel and crystal are too small to fully display the dial and the lugs are not even close to a military case.

I think Jerin calls this a Franken bully, I call it as a recased military.

Posted June 4, 2011 - 1:44pm

Yes, I agree on the re-case, but by who?

As mentioned this is at least the Fourth I have seen in an identical Case - a Case very similar, if not identical to the 'NIGHTHAWK' etc. At first I thought the same - Frankie, but now there's a trend beginning.

Have the Military Case but I'm leaving this Watch as found.

Posted June 5, 2011 - 5:30pm

The Case Your showing does not have a Crown recess and I believe it's smaller diameter (?) I have one similar with a White Dial, caseback looks identical. 

Unknown w/ 10AE dated '37.


No room for a movement block inside this one.

Posted June 6, 2011 - 1:12pm

Yea, I'd have to agree after seeing this one. I thought it was close, maybe not so after all.

Posted June 8, 2011 - 8:10am

 love the hack set movement. does it work?  The number of times I have had a hack set watch that the hack doesn't work. I am tiold because if they fail parts are extremely hard to come by so watchmakers just removed the setting.

Posted June 8, 2011 - 10:08am

Yes, it's a fully functional 10AKCSH.

Posted September 24, 2011 - 8:58pm

Here is a 3rd identical found today.

Basically a WWII Bulova A-11 in a Civilian 'dress' Case.

Posted September 24, 2011 - 11:44pm

Thousands and thousands of soldiers return home with well maintained but beat to hell watch after the war, smart business to recase them I would say...

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 25, 2011 - 2:01am


The watch you link to is a Nighthawk or an Air Warden depending on the date of the watch. They have a 26mm case diameter. Fifth's recase is a 28mm. Most of the WWII MIL watch cases were larger, approx 30 to 32mm. Most reasonable explanation is an after market case conversion for the WWII Mil movements, the chrome plated cases tended to pit & corrode. The order to destroy the WWII MIL watches after the war probably created the market for these cases & preserved some great movements.

1944 Air Warden