Bulova 1945 Military Non-Issue

Submitted by vestyt on January 13, 2014 - 11:17am
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Black face with second dial at the bottom of the face, hour and minute hands luminous. This used to be my Grandads watch and have no idea of age or model which I am trying to find out

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Bulova watch
Posted January 13, 2014 - 11:22am

i am trying to identify the age and model of this watch - it was my Grandfathers who was a watch repairer but have no further information, the case ser number is so faint it may be incorrect and I have opted for 1945 as year of manufacturer as this is the latest year that is denoted by a triangle, and therefore this may also be incorrect.

any assistance would be apprecaited.


Posted January 13, 2014 - 1:35pm


1945 would be correct.

The Watch appears to be WWII Military although non-issued, hence the lack of any nomenclature on the Caseback (?)

Detailed technical information and a few images of the Model 10 AK can be found in the U.S. War Dept technical  manual TM 9-1575 dated 6 April 1945 http://www.90thidpg.us/Reference/Manuals/TM%209-1575.pdf Section VIII. pages 169 - 183.

Posted January 20, 2014 - 8:40am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Many thanks for your feedback, thats great that i can now identify what it is, I have looked at the technical manual and this also makes good reading - assembly and disassembly aside as this didnt mean a greate deal to me.

The watch itself is not in good order and is quite knocked about (its been used for what it was intended) i'm assuming the only value is sentimental or is there a market for these do you know?



Posted January 20, 2014 - 11:42am

There is a market, a strong market, the Black Dialed WWII Bulova model 10AK seemingly more scarce than the White Dialed versions.


  Your Watch also appears to be luminous, which is even more desirable.

Posted January 21, 2014 - 9:53am

thanks for the feedback and update - i may well put it up for sale - i don't suppose you can give me an expectation regarding guide price - or would you be interested before I advertise on this site?


Geoff Baker
Posted January 22, 2014 - 5:45am

In reply to by vestyt

Hi Tony - Sorry, but it really isn't possible for us to give pricing evaluations here, there are just too may variables. There is a way listed on the 'add a watch' page to list your watch for sale here.....

"If you wish to have your watch listed in the "For Sale" section of the site please check the box. A one off donation payment is required to be paid via PayPal before the watch is listed." 

The check box can be found on the page where you added the watch information, to retrieve it now, click the "edit" tab on the top of this page. It is possible that a member here or someone who comes to research their own watch would be interested in buying it. 

Posted January 24, 2014 - 4:15am

One of the reasons we don't give evaluations is thanks to the honesty system that we have here amongst our loyal members. You could ask me or another member how much....I/we say $50 knowing its worth much more. It's because we have the opportunity to try and cheat someone out of a vintage Bully cheaply, that we are very mindful that we don't give any evaluations. It also helps us not be the determining body for pricing vintage Bulova watches.

Simply there are way too many actors to consider when determing the value. End of the day it's what you are happy to sell it for VS what a buyer is happy to pay for it.

Posted April 25, 2016 - 1:31am

If it was a tuning fork movement Accutron, I could give you a good idea wha it's worth nowadays, but not this watch.  Try Ebay.  If you find a few of the same watch, you could probably get an idea what people are paying for them there, which is usually less than an actual collector would.  Or just Google "1945 Bulova US Military Watch.  You'll probably find at least some for sale someplace, and can get an idea that way. I see a couple that look like WWII, includine one with the military markings on the back, they're asking from XXXXXXX for them.  Whic h is not nevessarily what they're WORTH, especially to an actual collector.  But it ought to give you an idea about where you might want to start.

If I were you, though, I'd replace that crystal before trying to sell it.  A "bad looking" watch never brings as much as it could, and a new, clear, crystal will probably increase what you can get for it by more than the crystal will cost you.

Posted April 25, 2016 - 1:39am


PS:  It probably is a "generic" WWII US military with 10K movement.  But even during any specific year, there were more than one Bulova military watch.  Some, like say the nurse's militery watch, can be worth more. So make sure exactly which model (case as well as movement) you have.