Bulova 1944 Military Issue

Submitted by Tayloreuph on June 2, 2015 - 4:20pm
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Bulova Round Star case - 6 o'clock sub dial, signed dial, which has been cleaned - Replacement crown - Brass (?) dust cover over the movement - Plated brass (?) case - Case back reads: ORD DEPT. - USA - OF 46739 - BULOVA WATCH CO.

Tayloreuph 1944 bulova military issue
1944 Bulova watch
1944 Bulova watch
Posted June 2, 2015 - 4:22pm

Unsure of the 1944 date...

William Smith
Posted June 2, 2015 - 4:29pm

I think I'm seeing a circle date symbol on the movement below makers signture?  That would date movement to 1944.   Love that second hand.  

Any chance we could get a photo of the inside case when its off?  The Star sig and other stuff would be interesting.
Please and thanks

Posted June 3, 2015 - 5:11am

A Bulova Military Issue watch. Maybe other members can comment of the originality of the watch.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 3, 2015 - 7:57am

Gosh, where is Wayne when we need him? Seems like he could always cough up the old MIL SPECs. My concern is that these are old movements in more modern cases. It seems to me that the heavy collar beneath the crown was a more late 50's early 60's design. I'm OK with designating this as a Military watch but am uncertain of it's authenticity mostly due to my own ignorance of MIL SPEC watches. There are too many people on eBay mocking these up and passing them off as old and or original.

Taylor, please understand that I don't want to rain on your parade but I am just not sure on this one.

Posted June 3, 2015 - 12:40pm

I was looking for a 'Military Style'/Military-ish type watch. No provenance came with it when I bought it, so no tears here to find it wasn't an issue piece.

Posted June 3, 2015 - 2:30pm

Bulova 10AK "ORD. DEPT.".

Totally genuine, just the sub seconds hand looks later.

Not 10BNCH, but 10AK.

Several  examples in the DB under "military issue".

Recased examples post-1952 may have earlier movements, but will have 'ORD. CORPS.' on the case back, as the name changed in that year.

Posted June 13, 2015 - 10:04pm

Everyone happy with this being added as a Bulova Military Issue, with noted differences?

Posted June 14, 2015 - 3:16am

Bulova Military Issue

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2015 - 5:44am

I'll go along with Military

William Smith
Posted June 15, 2015 - 5:02am

I'm good with Military Issue