Bulova 1942 Military Issue

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on February 9, 2011 - 4:17pm
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Ordnance Dept OF - Waterproof Case.

Nickel plated Circular Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non-inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Screw on Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown.

Very low Serial number.

In need of an Hour Hand and Glass.

** Watch purchased from Pearl City, Hawaii which resides on the Northern Shore of Pearl Harbour, the Home of Ford Island U.S. Naval Air Station on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu.

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Posted February 27, 2011 - 7:50am

I was looking this one over.....glad someone here ended up with it.

Posted September 16, 2011 - 11:46pm

Radium burns, those are hard to duplicate.


Elgin Doug
Posted September 17, 2011 - 1:34am

The dial was packed with another one facing it?

Posted September 17, 2011 - 6:27am

In reply to by Elgin Doug

I agree with the source of the radium burns on this dial.  The other dial would have been directly on top of this one, most likely in contact with it.




Posted September 17, 2011 - 12:06pm

Replacement dials would have been wrapped in paper facing each other and 10 dials per box but the radium would have burned that away 1st and looks like that's just what happened here. That's a pretty rare thing to see on any dial but it would suggest the dial was replaced at some point as it would take a pretty long time for this to occour, still a pretty cool find Fifth.

Posted May 22, 2014 - 3:52am

Look what Daddy found!


This link has not only the military maintenance instructions and pictures for Bulova ORD DEPT  watch, but all military watch manufacturers.

If you click on the "contents" in the linked page, you will scroll down to find the Bulova ORD DEPT on pages 169-183.


Incorrect crown, this is a later Parkerised crown.

Posted August 4, 2014 - 5:22am

Incorrect dial too, as radium dials were not specified until 1949?