Bulova 1943 Military Issue

Submitted by Wayne Hanley on August 17, 2011 - 5:56pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
AF43 - 34290
Case shape
Crystal Details
26.0mm Diameter
Additional Information

Case material is silver colored metal that is not chrome and has resisted the the elements much better than the normal chrome plated ovr base metal cases of typical Type A-11 cases. The case measures 30mm or 1 1/8 inch diameter w/o crown, 36.0mm lug-lug, 16.0mm between lugs. The stainless steel case back is stamped:


SPEC.NO. 94-27834

SER.NO. AF43-34290


ORD.NO. W535AC-33934


21/11/2011 Edited case material to reflect new support data indicating numerous instances of silver cased military issued Type A-11 WWII era hack watches.

This Type A-11 watch meets all of the requirements of military specification no. 94-27834 dated 1941, Watch Navigation, Type A-11 (Hack).

There are no military specified plating requirements in mil-spec 94-27834. Pate finish was left to the manufacturer. Big bad Bulova move. I don't wonder why so many Bulova chrome plated WWII era Type A-11 & ORD watch movements are re-cased. The auction market is flooded with re-cased watches & sold as Pilot watches.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 16, 2011 - 10:48am

Found this Bulova A11 with a case identical to the my A11 subject watch.


Posted November 16, 2011 - 12:12pm

Im gonna go out on a little limb here and say that whatever size the case is, the BULOVA marked caseback fits, and I asssume it would not fit the larger dia case we see more often. So My opinion is that it is a proper Bulova watch. And a very good looking one too !!

Wayne Hanley
Posted November 17, 2011 - 1:47am

In reply to by shooter144

Jump back off the limb Shooter. I just measured two A-11, one Blank and two A17A case backs, and all measure 24.6mm flat spot to opposite flat spot. All are stainless steel. Looks like they are interchangable. Think about how easy it is to make up a watch. So easy even I could build one. I want one of those caseback wrenches Shawn has.

The A11 30mm case side-by-sidewatch comparison is the first I have actually seen. But I have read five different instances of a silver colored cased Bulova A11 watches.  


Posted November 17, 2011 - 8:36pm

In reply to by Wayne Hanley

Well, once you head out on that limb, its hard to turn around and head back lol

Wayne Hanley
Posted November 21, 2011 - 5:21pm

In my research endeavor I found this A11 that had been discussed on another network. It appears to be what the seller of my A11 claimed it to be, a silver cased A11.

I edited & omitted the book report length description & present information relative to discussion of the existance of silver cased A11 WWII era watches: Presented is an interesting and unique find. A WWII vintage Bulova military watch, cased in what honestly looks like a silver case, with a black original dial & serviced hack movement & stainless steel back case. The gentleman I bought the watch from stated his belief that the case is silver. A silversmith friend thinks it's silver, it looks & feels like silver, but since it is unmarked, I'm forced to offer it as a white metal case that is definetly not chrome.


Wayne Hanley
Posted November 24, 2011 - 6:17pm

The above silver colored Type A11 hack watch is one of the finest military watches I have seen, except for my two star silver colored Type A11-1943 hack watch that was issued to US Army Air Corps flight crews.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I will remember you guys and thank you for what you did for us.



Happy Bird Day Everyone! Goble Goble!

William Smith
Posted November 27, 2012 - 4:44pm

Now what do I do for assigning ticks.... It's outside my area, but I can read there's some possibilities.  Guess it's two ticks for now...and I get to read more, both here and on a couple other sites.

William Smith
Posted November 27, 2012 - 5:32pm

Correction from me.  Three ticks.  I miss-read some of the myriad comments....:)  Thanks for the link above...