Bulova has added to its historically inspired collections the new Special VWI Edition Hack Watch, which is being launched in partnership with the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative (VWI). A modern re-edition of the 1960s MIL-W-3818A (pictured below, via MyBulova.com) — the last official military-issued watch produced by Bulova— it joins the family of Hack watches that Bulova unveiled at the start of this year.
The release of the special-edition watch coincides with the news that the VWI is now Bulova’s newest authorized service center. In order to foster the VWI’s mission, and to assist it with better handling and servicing of the influx of Bulova watches it will see, the brand is also donating “tools, machinery, spare parts, watches, and more” to assist the U.S. veterans-focused nonprofit.
Like its predecessors, the Special VWI Edition Hack Watch features a straightforward, mid-century-inspired field watch design, with some interesting commemorative elements. The brushed steel case is 38 mm in diameter and 13.55 mm thick and has a 30-meter water resistance — all of which stick relatively close to the vintage elements of the 3818A. The lugs are slightly angled on their tips, while the large, right-side crown sits close to the case. As the name of the watch indicates, pulling out its crown to adjust the time activates a “hacking” mechanism, stopping the motion of the seconds hand.
Underneath the double-domed mineral crystal of the watch, we find the matte-black, mil-spec dial accented with green lume and white accents. On the outer edge is a simple minute ring accentuated at each hour marker with a small printed square and a large Arabic numeral, from 1 to 12. Smaller Arabic numerals within this outer track, marked 13 to 24, are used to determine military time at a glance, a task made necessary during the vintage watch’s period and place of origin. Lume-filled hour and minute hands pass over the dial, along with a thin pointer for the seconds.
Inside this vintage re-edition is the Japanese Miyota caliber 8S20-43A. The automatic movement stores a 42-hour power reserve, is accurate to -20 / +40 seconds per day, and has a frequency of 21,600 vph. Protecting the caliber is a solid caseback, printed with an image closely associated with the VWI, showing a man working on an oversized watch to a group of interested veterans.
The Special VWI Edition Hack Watch is priced at $395, available now directly through Bulova, with 10% of profits being donated directly to the VWI.
To learn more about the Veterans Watchmaking Initiative (VWI), you can visit the school’s website, here.