Military Moonphase mis-match

Submitted by William Smith on December 11, 2011 - 8:52pm


We beat this one up pretty good a few years ago- but I don't remember the outcome, and I had not opened it up at that time.  The old "thread" musta dissapeared when admin updated website a couple years ago.

I swear the moonphase index was indexing when I first got this.  Now I'm pretty sure I'm just forgetful.

Since then, the index hand has fallen off and slipped btwn the moonphase "dial" (which I thought also turned every 24 hours).

Now that I opened it, the movement just aint showing any of this to me.  Inside case back looks like it's been acid blurred and it's not my photo.  The case back may be the only thing remarkable on this beast.

Posted December 11, 2011 - 8:55pm

I'm guessing it's gonna get beat up even more this time William! My initial thought......................................

"What the Hell is that thing"???????????

William Smith
Posted December 11, 2011 - 9:30pm

Three 3818A's in the database.  Case back on this one has a lower SN (A5374) than those three.  The BULOVA stamp on the bridge almost looks "fake" or not as clean when I look closly w/ loop. Inconsistency btwn bridges etc....   Even w/ spacing ring in case, the movment has much movement.   And don't ask me how...but the day/night is advancing slowly over the last couple of hours.  Maybe I shock it a little and the thing just turned a little w/o me noticing at the time.  I think somebody had a box full of watch parts and put this one together.  But at least the case back is consistent w/ others.
Posted December 11, 2011 - 10:15pm

I have a hard time believing this is military issue. 




Posted December 11, 2011 - 10:43pm

Wayne would be interested to see a 17 Jewel 3818A


The only thing Military is the Caseback. I wonder if it saw that much action or did someone simply beat it to death to help it fit the bezel? 

Posted December 11, 2011 - 11:49pm

I dont think that the case is even military. Look more like the engaving was done with acid etching. Also all the millitary ones that Ive seen have 10 sides this has 14.

William Smith
Posted December 12, 2011 - 1:12am

It's amusing to me that someone would go to that much trouble to piece together something like this. They musta been really bored or really needed a watch.  It couldn't have been profite motive....I think I paid $25 for it over the internet just to see for myself.  I think the only thing Bulova about it is that it has the name in a few places. ....and that's probably a copyright infringment.  Hehehe  The thing is keeping time for the six hours.....and the day/night has advanced about a quarter of a turn in the that time.  Someone had fun! 

Posted December 13, 2011 - 11:32am

Well, it was definately "pieced" together. I think it must have been done by a "steampunker". I can see where the casering was cut to fit. jeesh!