Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on December 26, 2018 - 4:54pm
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1951 Academy Award "O". Just received. Replaced the broken band and wiped it off, so far that's it. Purchased as "probably just needs a battery". It started running with a 3/4 turn of the crown and is currently keeping accurate time. Interesting Roman numeral "pie pan" dial on a 21J movement in a case very similar to the Duo Wind and Thayer of the same time period. Case back and movement both marked L1.

Ad is dated 1952.

1951 Bulova Academy Award O watch
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Posted December 26, 2018 - 5:07pm

I've always liked this design; and the variant is even shown on the dial at each odd number marker!

Posted December 26, 2018 - 5:11pm

In reply to by Andersok

Excellent observation, Ken! That didn't even occur to me until you mentioned it.

Kathy L.
Posted December 27, 2018 - 3:17am

I really like this one!  Very unique dial.  Nice snag!

1951 Bulova Academy Award "O"

Posted December 27, 2018 - 7:16am

Thanks Kathy, this variant seems to pretty much be a style "stand alone" as far as AA models we have ID'ed. The dial on this example is an odd  slightly mottled but even champagne color, whereas all other ID'ed "O" models sport more of a silver/white. I highly doubt it's "factory" and suspect it's age toning that is often called out as a "tropical dial".

Kathy L.
Posted December 27, 2018 - 4:59pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

I just heard the term tropical dial for the first time the other day.  Nice to see an example.

Reverend Rob
Posted December 27, 2018 - 10:56am

1951 Academy Award 'O' she is.

Posted December 27, 2018 - 1:57pm

1951 Bulova Academy Award "O" nice one