Bulova 1944 Military Issue "A-11"

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Model ID rating explained.
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Variant: 
A-11
Manufacture Year: 
1944
Movement Symbol: 
Circle
Movement Model: 
10AKCSH
Movement Jewels: 
16
Case Serial No.: 
AF42 15844
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
  • TYPE A-11
  • SPEC. NO. 94-27834
  • SERIAL NO. AF42 15844
  • PART NO. 10AKCSH
  • ORDER NO. W535AC-31412
  • Bulova Watch CO.

 

Movement has a "O" indicating a 1944 movement.

 

Watch runs great, keeping very good time. The watch dial is in excellent condition, as well as the "crystal" and second hand. Suspecting these have been replaced but only a suspecion. I have yet to see another Bulova Type A-11 with a 1942 case listing.

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rareauldtimes
Posted November 26, 2017 - 11:15am

Slightly Higher Res Images on IMGUR

jabs
Posted November 26, 2017 - 11:27am

Panel Member

1944 Military Issue A-11, similar watch

1944 by movement date code

Geoff Baker
Posted November 28, 2017 - 6:09am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hello rareauldtimes, welcome to myBulova. This is a nice auld (old) Military Issued A-11 Bulova watch. My guess is that the dial and hands have been refinished. Based on the amount of wear on the case I'm surprised the case back doesn't show more age, perhaps it's the lighting in the photos.

I think we date these to the case as opposed to the movement date code, at least we did the one Jaroslav linked above. If so, I'd tag this a 1942 Military Issued type A-11.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 2, 2017 - 8:17am

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm retracting the 1942 comment I made above. We did publish the watched referenced as 1945 per the movement date code. 

This should be, as Jaroslav stated, 1944. Sorry Jabs!

rareauldtimes
Posted November 28, 2017 - 9:33am

Geoff & Jabs, thanks for both of your replies. I was really curious on what to definitevely date this watch, seeing that the movement date and the serial being different. I haven't been able to find any information to determine either way which would be the "correct" date due to this inconsistency. With that said, I truly appreciate your thoughts as you have much more experience!

The case back does look as good as the pictures show, a few scratches and a little knick by the AC in the serial number but its in great shape compared to the rest of the case. Safe to assume that is It's probably been replaced therefor; making the true indentification of the watch likely in a just a "can't know for sure" sort of conclusion.

I wonder if the AF42 serial was the production date or the order date? That could be a very enlightening question!

I am really pleased with the watch and being able to wear a working peice of history is pretty cool. I just ordered a NOS WW2 era band for it. However, until it arrives it still looks good with a honey brown leather strap!

 

mybulova_admin
Posted December 3, 2017 - 12:22am

Club 5000Panel Member

The AF42 may indeed indicate the case is 1942.

We have plenty of AF43 listed as 1943 and AF44 listed as 1944.

Could it be that simple. The 10AK is a very common movement so replacements could have always been used, limiting the accuracy of dating.

Just my 2 cents not being that knowledgable with these military models.

mybulova_admin
Posted December 3, 2017 - 12:25am

Club 5000Panel Member

Just found this:

Elgin, Waltham and Bulova all made the A-11 from 1941 on. Hamilton, then the leading US watch maker, made a similar type of watch which was not subsumed under the A-11 designation, though the watches were very similar. Lumed versions of the A-11 were produced as well, as were occasional white-dialed versions. The USAAFs version was marked with the U.S. Army specification no. 94-27834, or its subsequent iterations 94-27834-A (2 November 1942) and 94-27834-B (22 February 1943). The U.S. Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics specified lumed dial and hands for their version of the A-11; the watches were marked FSSC 88-W-800