Hello everyone. I'm brand new to watches and to this forum so please be gentle.
I recently purchased a "mis-matched" early WWII ORG DEPT Bulova in very nice "original" condition. It's military issue number is preceded by the letters OF which would indicate a 15 or 17 jewel movement. However, the 10AK movement, though dated 1942, is a 21 jewel.
I have a theory and would appreciate some feedback from the experts as to it's feasibility.
The case's U.S. Ordnance issue number is very low indicating it’s a very early watch, certainly a 1942 manufacture date, the same year as the movement.
The U.S. entered the war in December 1941. Beginning in 1942 domestic production of most "vital-to-the-war-effort"
manufactured goods was placed under the War Department. Companies scrambled to convert their production lines to military specified contract products and ship them out as fast as possible. They utilized whatever parts they already had in their “pipelines”, inventories and parts bins to assemble and ship as quickly as possible their desperately needed products. (Examples of this are common with Colt’s 1911A! pistol and Smith & Wesson’s Victory revolvers.)
So my theory, based on the low 1942 case number and the 1942 movement, is that this watch was “mis-matched” at the factory and the movement and case have been together from the beginning. Am I rationalizing or does it sound reasonable??? I kinda, sorta think I know the answer.
Thank you in advance for any responses.