Bulova 1945 -Unknown

Submitted by Geoff Baker on
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Unknown watch in military themed display case. Watch case and dial are in nice original condition. Hands and numerals appear to have been lumed but do not glow now. Watch winds, sets and runs. Display case is in excellent condition for age.

Added 3/25/2011  -  Photos Updated 5/31/2023

Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 1 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 2 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 3 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 4 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 5 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Geoffrey Baker 1945 Bulova 6 Military Watch 5/31/2023
Posted March 26, 2011 - 12:15am


Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2011 - 5:58am

Yes, I want it to be a Nighthawk too, but without a black dial, I'm not sure it can be......

- gb

Posted March 26, 2011 - 7:53am


Geoff, what does the Caseback look like on this watch?

*note how the 5 and 7 numerals encroach into the sub Seconds Chapter on the 'NIGHTHAWK' and also on the 'AIR WARDEN'. ( both smaller watches )

The Crown recess is another feature not seen on either model.

If this Watch could be dated post War it could possibly represent the use of a surplus ORD dept Dial and 15 Jewel 10AK movement, as the Dial more closely resembles an actual Military piece.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2011 - 9:04am

Movement clearly marked triangle (1945) but by June (well technically I guess August) the war(s) were over, would have left four months of production, and who knows how far into 1946 the movement supply could have lasted. Hmmmmm not sure I ever noticed the difference in the 9 either, this one is closed, all the others are open.


Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2011 - 9:08am

Case Back (swear I already did this.....)


Posted April 24, 2011 - 6:31pm

Wow.... how ironical... I just picked up the exact same watch and I have it under the What is it? section.

Posted October 12, 2012 - 7:16pm

I have one exactly like this as well...case #5863335. 1945 (triangle)15J 10AK. One of the small service watches is my guess. Interesting cases with a stainless back, gold plated bezel, and movement ring. Tight fitting arrangement....no room to spare!

William Smith
Posted October 12, 2012 - 8:37pm

Do you think these are "Military style", and this/these models were never "issued"?  The ad speaks to the general public, perhaps using a marketing ploy "designed for the men in service".  Have we ever seen this watch w/ "military issue" markings on the backs?  The display box also speaks of marketing ploy, a luxury in thin demand and unnecessary for "military issue" Bulova (simply marked "service" in lid).  Surplus? ....well maybe a run of the same/similar dial sold in a similar style case.   As for movement, Bulova could sell the same movement to the general public, couldn't they?

Posted October 13, 2012 - 2:14pm

We see the 15 Jewel 10 AK and 16 Jewel 10 AKCSH in World War 2 Military issue Cases in documents of the era and several examples of the issued Watches are in the database.

Was this particular Case Military issue? No, not that I or any historian of Military horology is aware of. 

What's the story behind these Watches? I'm not certain but there are far too many to be random re-cases.