1951 Bulova


My grandfather handed down a 1951 Bulova Self Winding to me. It is a 1951 gold plated Bulova with a L0 Bulova movement. My main question is why does the movement year not match the year of the case? Also, if I am understanding things correctly, Bulova didn't add "Self-Winding" to the dials until 1952. This adds to my confusion. Can someone please help identify my Bulova?

Posted April 26, 2012 - 8:32pm


Here are pictures of the watch!

Posted April 26, 2012 - 9:02pm

Duo-Wind, and it is not uncommon for a 1950 movement to be in a 1951 case...


Posted April 27, 2012 - 12:27am

There are subtle differences between mine and the 1951 duo wind such as hands and numbers on the dial. Is there any reason why that is? Just curious.

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Posted April 27, 2012 - 12:59pm

Posted April 27, 2012 - 6:17pm

That one still says "Duo WInd" I looked at newer ads and after '52 or later, they start saying "Self Winding" Thats my concern

Posted April 27, 2012 - 9:36pm

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It was a Duo Wind until 1952, Renamed "Thayer" in 1953. Earlier models were marked Duo Wind but also Self Winding. Given the year of production which could be late 1951 the dials could have been changed before the ads for 1952 were done and 51 production finished,IMO, Duo Wind.