1950s Waltham U.S Military Issued Pilots Watch (Type A-17) "Korean War Era"

The Waltham Type A-17 is a U.S. Military issued pilot's timepiece that was in production from 1950-1956 (Korean War Era) and was the new and improved version of the WWII-era Waltham Type A-11. The A-17 was designed as a navigation timepiece for pilots and aviators and had been in development for some time as an upgraded version of the A-11, featuring radium Arabic numerals, 5-minute indices, lumed pencil-style hands, and a subsidiary 24-hour track. The practical dial layout and no-nonsense design give the wearer the perfect utilitarian feeling that makes these early military watches so sought after. Although this is a smaller watch in nature, the dial layout was designed for fast legibility. The A-17 is powered by the US-made Waltham 17 jewel 6/0 D manual wind movement. 

The Waltham A-17 was supplied in three production runs. 1950, 1952, and 1956. What the Waltham Type A-17 lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character. That being said the A-17 definitely doesn't feel like a "small watch" once it is on the wrist due to the large presence it delivers from the purpose-built design. 

Stock # WTHA17-2
Brand Waltham
Style Military
Model Type A-17
Serial 14XXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 32
Strap 2pc Military Style Cloth Strap



The impressive case remains in extremely crisp, gently used condition and is believed to remain unpolished. The screw-down coin edge bezel is remarkable as well, showing only minor signs of use. The case back retains all of its original factory and military numbers and markings in clear and crisp condition. The watch comes supplied on an era-correct 2-pc military-style cloth strap, which is likely to be the original to the watch.


The original matte black dial is in exceptionally well-preserved condition, showing no damage or notable signs of age. The white outer minute track and inner 24hr scale are bright and in perfect condition. The original radium lume plots and Arabic numerals have aged evenly to a handsome brown patina, under U.V. light inspection the dial exhibits no degradation with all lume plots remaining fully intact. The original radium lume hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the hands show no lume loss or degradation, and the hands themselves do show normal corrosion for this style and era timepiece.


None. The watch is currently being serviced and will ship once complete if sold prior to its completion. The watch is backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.