1963 Bulova (MIL-W-3818A) U.S Military Watch

The Bulova MIL-W-3818A was created for the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force, under the purpose of "general use". The MIL-W-3818A resembles very closely to the Bulova A17A that was in production for the same period of time, however, while the A17A was designed specifically for the United States military pilots, the MIL-W-3818A was designed more for the troops on the ground.

Both watches feature the specialized 10BNCH hacking seconds hand movement and feature high visibility dials. The only major differences between the watches appear on the dial and in the hands. The dial on the MIL-W-3818A doesn't have a minute designation on the outer portion of the dial and features a more ornate handset, whereas the A17A has an outer minute designation and features much simpler hands. 

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.

Stock # BLV3818A/2
Brand Bulova
Style Military
Model MIL-W-3818A
Serial 16XX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 32
Strap Canvas Strap



The sharp case is in extremely impressive condition, boasting strong factory brushing throughout with only very minimal signs of use. The original brushed bezel shows minimal signs of use as well. The case retains its original large unsigned crown. The case back retains all of its factory military contract numbers and markings. The watch will come supplied on a 2ps canvas strap.


The matte black dial is in very well-preserved vintage condition, showing only light signs of age. The radium lume plots all remain fully intact when inspected under U.V. light, and have aged to a handsome golden coloration. The original radium hands are in great condition and match the dial coloration.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.