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Bulova 1961 Military Issue "3818A"

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Stainless Steel Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Original Black Dial shows luminous Military standard Arabic numerals, Bulova signature and inner 24 hr Dial are printed in White, outer register is printed in White with luminous accents on the Hour.

Hour and Minute Hands are Steel 'Spade and Sword' style, luminous filled and the sweep Center Seconds Hand is Steel with a luminous tip.

An antimagnetic shield appears between the Movement and Caseback.

Hackset 10 BNCH Movement is Stainless Steel.

Crown is Stainless Steel.

Decagonal Caseback is Stainless Steel, 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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William Smith
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Posted March 26, 2012 - 8:10pm

darn good set of pictures Fifth.  I found three Military Bulova watches in a box in the closet last night....and was thinking I should add to site. Heck- I actually forgot I had 'em....indicating both "old age forgetfulness" and lack of interest in Bulova Military on my part. I hadn't seen them for years... It's kinda like getting a surprise package in the mail w/o having to pay for them (again).  Under these- in the same box- were 18 other old (20's-40's) bulova I had also forgot I even had.  It's Xmas in March!  (it also doesn't make me appear very organized. I can live with that).

...but with pics like these, I'll have to rely on self-imposed guilt to drive me to photo my three Military and get posted in the next few days.... off subject watch topic, but I'm tickled pink at my 21 "new" watches....and digging through that closet further is on my "to do" list.  I can't find about 30 others that I have cataloged but haven't seen in over two plus years....It may be Xmas in April too!

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Posted March 26, 2012 - 9:13pm

heh, I was going to re-take 2...but.

Add Your Watches William, the Military issues are My favorites.

Jim Townsend
Posted March 27, 2012 - 4:34pm

Gee Will wish i could find a stash like that in my closet :( Merry Christmas in March isnt a lonley Air Queen in the mess is there????

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William Smith
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Posted March 27, 2012 - 4:58pm

I don't think so Jim, but I'll let you know.