Elgin A-11 Field Watch

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REF A-11
Manual-winding
31 MM
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SKU AS05179
Article Number 40990282
ref A-11
case size 31 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1930s
dial color Black
material Chrome Plated
style Field
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Hollis Brown Montone leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Montone
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing honest wear from age and use with sleeve polish. Gloss black dial with painted 'Arabic' indices is in very good condition showing minimal wear with matching 'kite' handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows wear and sleeve polish.
REF A-11
Manual-winding
31 MM
– Show less
SKU AS05179
Article Number 40990282
ref A-11
case size 31 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1930s
dial color Black
material Chrome Plated
style Field
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Hollis Brown Montone leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Montone
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing honest wear from age and use with sleeve polish. Gloss black dial with painted 'Arabic' indices is in very good condition showing minimal wear with matching 'kite' handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows wear and sleeve polish.

Why We Love it

Take a look at vintage black and white photographs from the Second World War, and you might spot some interesting wristwear.

Though U.S. forces were issued more than one field watch throughout the duration of the conflict, by far the most well known among them is the now-iconic A-11. Positively diminutive by modern standards at roughly 31mm across, these hand-wound beauties were produced by American watch companies Elgin, Bulova, and Waltham. Tens of thousands were made at an industrial scale, but to find one in good condition in the 2020s is a difficult feat, indeed.

Which is why we’re so excited to bring you this particular timepiece: Made by Elgin Watch Company, it’s housed in a 31mm chrome-plated brass case with ‘holey’ lugs, an acrylic crystal, an oversize crown, and a coin-edge bezel. It features a matte black with 'Arabic' indices and a matching 'kite' handset - designed for legibility above all else.

Flip the watch over and it’s still possible to make out the faint factory engraving that graced each A-11 caseback, detailing spec and issue details, as well as the manufacturer and the issued branch — in this case, the U.S. Army. Powered by a hand-wound movement from Elgin, this is the prototypical field watch, and it’s no small exaggeration to say that it’s also ‘the watch that won the War.’

Though it may be small by any contemporary measure, throw this little guy on with jeans and a t-shirt — maybe save the vintage military uniforms for the re-enactors! — and you’ll absolutely be the coolest guy at the party.

Brand Story

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The story of Bulova is deeply entwined with American manufacturing. Its founder, a Czech immigrant named Joseph Bulova, was inspired by the advances that Ford made in his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. In 1912, Bulova built a factory in Biel, Switzerland, using Ford’s principles of mass production.
The brand was among the first to offer a wide range of wristwatches for men, with a distinctive visual style that — thanks to its innovative adoption of advertising and a relocation to Astoria, Queens — became fixed in the American imagination. Bulova took over offices in a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and installed an observatory on the roof in order to measure universal time. In the workshop down below, watchmakers timed the watches they were working on against readings taken in the observatory.
The watches that Bulova produced were varied, from handsome three-handers to divers and even chronographs. Bulova produced its first chronographs in the 1940s — single-button affairs with screw-on bezels. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70's, Bulova honed its mastery of such watches.

However, perhaps the brand’s single most important innovation was 1960’s Accutron, a timepiece that used an electric tuning fork in place of a traditional balance wheel. Following on the heels of the Hamilton Electric of 1957, the Accutron featured a guaranteed accuracy of two seconds per day — much better accuracy than that of a contemporary mechanical watch. (The Accutron line was later spun off and relaunched as its own brand in 2020.)

In 1971 a Bulova chronograph accompanied the crew of Apollo 15 into space. When the crystal on astronaut David Scott’s Speedmaster popped off, he strapped on his Bulova, making it the only privately worn watch to ever have been worn on the Moon. (It was subsequently auctioned off for more than $1.625M.)

Currently owned by Citizen Group and headquartered in New York City, Bulova continues to make watches inspired by its long American heritage.

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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