Bulova 1950 Military Issue

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on May 7, 2011 - 1:58am
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Bulova 'Type A17A' - Korean War Era U.S. Military issue.

Parkerized Steel Case measures 40mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers.

Black Dial shows Luminous and White printed numerals. Hour and Minute Hands are Luminous filled and the sweep center Seconds Hand is unique with a Luminous Arrowhead tip.

A Steel dustshield and gasket appears between the Caseback and Movement.

10 sided Caseback is Parkerized, screws on and is stamped as shown.

Crown is Steel.


The A17A is shown on its original issue strap.


* 100% correct as found - from the estate of a retired U.S. Naval Officer.

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William Smith
Posted July 14, 2012 - 5:44pm

Thanks hq_sandman_ute for posting the two links above, and Bobbee for placing in the thread.  The table directly above is a "revised" version of the earlier table w/ the possible typos of 1960's vs 1950's.  It's great to have the expert who created/entered the info in the table helping with this watch thread.  And we get conformation on said revisions w/ the new 1950's dates in the 6433 and 6433A specs fields.  It's no longer a table "created by someone" but a revised table w/ comments from it's author!  The two links show both unofficial and official military documents which further document the revisions in the table.  This is great stuff.  Thanks 

I had always thought it was more likely a typo on a table then a mis-stamped date symbol on several movements.  Glad to see we cleared this up!


Posted September 28, 2012 - 1:57pm

Did you get the back off and check for the real date on this one, Mark?

Posted November 22, 2012 - 6:27am

Although depicting the 16 Jewel WWII era Navigator A-11 Hack a recently discovered ad shows this Case design in Military use by 1945.

ad Dated 1945.

good stuff.

Posted November 22, 2012 - 6:41am

Ad dated October 1946, Mark.

Posted November 22, 2012 - 6:46am

a great find which now adds legitamacy to Terry's piece mentioned and shown earlier in this thread.

Bulova  Type A-11 Navigation in a 1946+ Stainless Steel Case.

Posted November 25, 2012 - 6:29am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Terry's piece mentioned and shown earlier in this thread, right?

So it's a Bulova Type A-11 Navigation in a 1946+ Stainless Steel case, right?

WRONG! It is a Type A-11 dial with 10 AKCSH movement in a Type A-17A case.

TerryK posted 18th. Sept. 2011: "I just got the back off and it reads 10 AK, fifteen jewels", and with center secs that means it is a 10 AKCSH.

On 14th.Sept. 2011, the same day he posted the photo of the front, TerryK posted this photo of the case back of the above watch, which clearly shows the A-17A,with 10 BNCH movement mil-specs.

This watch is a Non-conventional Frankie, as anyone would know who knows their stuff, even the basics, about military watches.

Nothing to do with the 1946 ad I found.

William Smith
Posted November 23, 2012 - 1:04am

Aha....I got it now...Military Issue is base model name, and the A-17A is displayed in the variant box!  Duh.....   No wonder these Military Issue records looked different  LOL. Sorry about that.

Posted November 23, 2012 - 1:26am

Subject still incorrectly dated, as mil-spec sheet provided dates Type A-17A SPEC. MIL-W-6433A as post-1954.
This watch cannot date to 1950.

Posted November 23, 2012 - 1:36am


Using the new system this was the only way to get the data in.


The "Mil Spec sheet" referred to in this thread is not an official document and never will be.

Posted November 23, 2012 - 1:46am

So you think you know more than these guys at MWR?
Sandman_ute has been doing this for years Mark, and you have only learnt about milwatches over the past year or so, as can be seen from your various posts on the mil-spec watches on this site.