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 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.
This watch features a manually wound Bulova 17 jewel 10BNCH time-only movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Reference Number||Type A17A|
|Movement||Manual, Bulova 10BNCH|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Fabric Strap|