Bulova 1940 Military Non-Issue

Submitted by Hagbard on September 8, 2012 - 9:59am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Crystal Details
Approx 28mm Acrylic
Additional Information

Case looks to be plated brass, no markings on case back or dial other than 'Bulova'.  Strongly resembles some of the military models aleady in the database, but has quite a different dial, and no caseback markings suggesting it's not an issued model.

Watch runs, and keeps good time.  Movement does not hack.

The caseback doesn't seem to want to come off, despite my best attempts.  if removal is necessary for identification then I shall persevere further.

edit: I've had to guess the manufacture year, as I can't save the watch without one.  I have no idea whether my guess is anywhere near true though.

Bulova non issue military watch
1940 Bulova watch
Posted September 16, 2012 - 10:01am

Not WD-40, unless you use a Q-tip to apply it. Rapid temperature change may help, but take it easy, 10 minutes at a time.

William Smith
Posted September 19, 2012 - 2:42am

unknown from me for now.  We can always update if the case gets opened.  Don't break the watch trying to get it open for an ID.  Nice unknown better than and ID'ed broken watch :)

Posted September 19, 2012 - 10:22am

Unknown. Can't be "Military Issue" without correct case back and manufacture date is still unknown.

What about a new "Military A-11" model for those with non-engraved backs that can't be confirmed to have been owned/issued by the military? Or, do we just go with tentative?

Geoff Baker
Posted September 19, 2012 - 8:59pm

Will - I agree with your 'don't open the case' comment 100%. If, however, we can't date it we can have it in the db can we? We do not have an unknown model AND date  category. We must know the year.

William Smith
Posted September 20, 2012 - 3:02am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Yep  - what to do w/o a date?  Maybe it will get opened before too long and can be updated?  ...We should not have an unknown date for sure- so we do need a year for it to stay in the database. I know there's several watches in DB where folks didn't want to break what ever was left of "waterproof"seal or mess up case to get a movement model and/or jewel count, and sometimes they "guessed" based on other stuff.  This is problematic too.  I don't like the idea of guessing or "just putting something in there based on an ad" for year of production though.  Maybe Admin will have a suggestion for how to proceed.

Posted September 20, 2012 - 6:05am

Would it not be easiest to leave it as is, until the owner updates it? There is no rush, best wait and be sure.

Posted October 2, 2012 - 8:28am

Military Issue would still apply to thie watch even if it were not techicaly issued. Its still the same model.

Tentative Military Issue would be my call.

William Smith
Posted October 11, 2012 - 7:53am

I like DarHin's suggestion above.  Military A-11, as it was never issued.  We do need a year though.

Posted October 11, 2012 - 8:02am

Until we get more info, unknown...If the case is not marked, Non-conforming.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 13, 2012 - 5:37am

No year, no watch - sorry, but I don't think this can be in the db without a confirmation on the year.