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Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

M

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

5AD

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

I058105

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

I believe this is an Academy Award "M".  This is a tiny little watch like the "KK", smaller than the "A" or "B" size.  The lines of the lugs look different at different angles so I will add a second shot.  

The case is 10K gold filled and dated stamped L1.  The 5AD 21 jewel movement is dated stamped L1 as well.  The movement is working, it started up when I took it out but there is something wrong with the stem.  It will turn the hands but does not set back in to wind.  I will be looking into getting that fixed.  The case didn't come with it.  It is a recent purchase as well.

 

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1951 Bulova Academy Award M watch
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Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

OO

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

1260852

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Next in my Academy Award collection.  I believe this is the "OO".  It is 10K rolled gold plate with a stainless back with a L1 date code.  The 6BC 21 jewel working movement also has a L1 date code.  The dial has patina but is in pretty nice shape otherwise, has a NOS correct band.

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1951 Bulova Academy Award OO watch
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Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

CC

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

3626317

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Cushion

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

This is a 14K white gold ladies watch.  It has a L1 date on the case and movement.  I bought this thinking it was an Academy Award "BB" but found an ad showing it is actually the "CC" made in 14K white gold.  

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1951 Bulova Academy Award CC watch
1951 Bulova watch
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Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

O

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

10BM

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

L1

Case Serial No.: 

3920791

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

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.

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1951 Bulova Academy Award O watch
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Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

F

Manufacture Year: 

1950

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

541298

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

This is a second Academy Award "F" for me.  I picked it up for the gold curtain dial that is in excellent condition.  

It has a 10K gold filled case date stamped L0.  A 6BC 21 jewel working movement dated stamped L0 as well.  I picked up a NOS band that is not exact but close to the original in style.

 

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Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

J

Manufacture Year: 

1950

Movement Symbol: 

49 (A9)

Movement Model: 

6BA

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

615313

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Because I love this watch model I took advantage of finding a second one and picked it up.  I can now keep one in the case and have one to wear and enjoy.  This was a blurry listing I took a chance on hoping it was what I thought it was.  The dial is slightly different than my first example.  Interesting that the two ads seem to match the two watches.  

I believe this is an Academy Award "J".  It has a 10K gold filled case that is dated stamped L0.  It has a working 6BA 21 jewel movement that is dated stamped 49.  I was happy to find a correct band to put on it.  I don't think these would be quite the same without this band.  Thanks.

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Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

B

Manufacture Year: 

1950

Movement Symbol: 

49 (A9)

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

404764

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Hello,  In collecting ladies Academy Award models the "B" was a must have for me.  One of my favorites of the 1950s and AA line.  I love the very distinct case and the gold curtain dial.  I have picked up several 2nd watches of models I like recently and this is one I will do that with if one comes along.

It has a 10K gold filled case, date stamp L0.  A little wear on the high points but not too bad.  A 6BC 21 jewel working movement, date stamped A9.  The gold curtain dial is in nice condition.  

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Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

NN

Manufacture Year: 

1951

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

1269260

Case shape: 

Tonneau

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

I think this is the Academy Award "NN" variant.  It has a 10K gold plate bezel with a stainless back and L1 date stamp.  It has 6BC 21 jewel working movement with a L1 date stamp.  

Update:  Added new photos with a correct NOS band.

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Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

A

Manufacture Year: 

1950

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

256302

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Hello,  Picked up this one this week just to have an example of it, an Academy Award "A".  The 6BC 21 jewel movement is dated A9 unfortunately isn't working but has a nice gold curtain dial.  It is 10k gold filled and the case that is dated L0.  I had picked up a spare band for the "J" so I was able to use that for this watch.

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Bulova 1949 Academy Award

Model ID rating explained.

Variant: 

F

Manufacture Year: 

1949

Movement Symbol: 

49 (A9)

Movement Model: 

6BC

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

473744

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

Another from the Academy Award watch line.  This one is the "F" I believe.  The date codes are 1949 but I have read that some were made at the end of 1949 for 1950.  The date code is very hard to read on the back of the case but looks like an A9 to me as is the movement.  It is 10K gold filled with a working 6BC 21 jewel movement.  Thanks.

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