Bulova 1946 Military Non-Issue

Submitted by NicoSt on November 18, 2020 - 5:33am
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I found most of the information on the internet by comparing pictures of the movement. I found the movement (I think it is a Cal 10AKCHS from 1943/44), but  I can't find a Bulova watch with the same case, dial and case back. The watch is gold plated, steel back, 30mm diameter. 

front 30mm
back outside with serial
back inside
movement 10AKCHS?
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Posted November 19, 2020 - 9:30pm

Great watch but unfortunately unknown.   It looks similar to this one we have as an unknown but missing the minute markers at the 10 intervals.  https://mybulova.com/watches/1945-unknown-2460    Possibly a Commuter from an ad but still looking for more documentation of this model name.  Can you confirm if there is a date code on the movement. 

Posted November 20, 2020 - 4:08am

In reply to by JimDon5822


date code


I made  pictures from the dial, datecode and crown.

The dial doesn't have the sub minutes, the datecode has a + (or cross?) but also a square. 

I sure looks like the watches in the link, except for the dial and crown.

Kathy L.
Posted November 20, 2020 - 2:31pm

I love these WWII era military style watches.  We haven't found a model for this one yet.  Sounds like your movement has a double date stamp which happened from time to time.

Unknown for now.

Posted November 20, 2020 - 4:39pm

Interesting that it has a 1943 and 1946 date code and a 1947 Serial number case.   I would guess this is one of the many surplus watches sold after world war II.    Just speculating it was a 1943 movement that was counterstamped after the war in 1946 and cased and sold  in 1947.  


Posted November 21, 2020 - 4:41am

Generally speaking we would ID this a non-military issue Bulova.

Posted November 21, 2020 - 5:04am

Hi everybody, thanks for your reactions. The Bulova Commuter from the ad does look like my watch, but I can't explain the dial without the minute markers. Could it be that Bulova made new dials for the 1947 model of the Commuter ? I haven't seen this dial on pictures of other Bulova watches.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 21, 2020 - 9:52pm

With a square overlay on an X, I would date this one to 1946 and classify it as a Military Non-Issue