Bulova Type A17A Navigation Watch

Buy for: $425.00


The Reference

The Bulova Type A17A is a U.S. Military issued watch produced between 1958 and 1962 that was designed for navigation use and was based on the MIL-W-6433A specification. This particular specification appears to have been an evolution of the MIL-W-3818A/B specification which was issued by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force as a general-purpose wristwatch and which itself is an evolution of the previous A-17 mil-spec. While the specifications and designations may be dizzying, the resulting watch is nothing short of iconic. The non-reflective, passivated, stainless steel case matched with the matte black dial featuring radium Arabic numerals, lumed syringe hands, and a subsidiary 24-hour track creates the perfect utilitarian feeling that makes these early military watches so sought after.


The Case

The 32mm passivated stainless steel case is in excellent condition with no major flaws to note. The condition continues around the watch with the acrylic crystal, crown, and caseback all showing matching conditions. The caseback markings are deep and highly legible and display the various military markings that are expected.


The Dial and Hands

The dial and hands are the stars of the show on this watch. The design is classic but the condition is the best that we have seen. The radium lume has aged consistently and evenly and to a lovely sandy color. The syringe hands, a favorite of the D+B staff, retain all of their radium and color match the dial to perfection.


The Movement

This watch features a manually wound Bulova 17 jewel 10BNCH time-only movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.


Seller Watchonaire
Auction Number 366
Location New York City
Brand Bulova
Model Navigator
Reference Number Type A17A
Movement Manual, Bulova 10BNCH
Year 1950s/60s
Dial Black
Case Width 32mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Fabric Strap
Clasp Type Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

Buy for: $425.00

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  1. Quentin

    Do you have any pictures of the movement?

  2. waxj

    Has the seller had the watch serviced?
    How accurate is the time kept?
    Does the hack feature function?