Bulova 1951 Academy Award

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
10BM
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
3961987
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
GS CMY312-6 (Ac. Award)
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1951 21 j 10bm model. The only crystal to fit is a CMY 312-6 for an Academy Award Model. The case is all 10k gold filled. The date, case, 21j movement and crystal all suggest it may be an academy, we know there are plain dial varients around. I can find no adverts for this model or hardly any other models the same as. So any ideas? Excellency or Academy are the two front runners at present!

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 29, 2012 - 10:25am

'AA'

JP
Posted October 29, 2012 - 10:53am

Panel Member

Agree. "AA"

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DarHin
Posted October 29, 2012 - 11:10am

Crystal specs point to the AA "YY". No ad yet. I didn't go through the ads looking for it though.

GVP
Posted October 29, 2012 - 12:49pm

Been through 1949-1953 adverts and can see no sign of this model (or the AA 'yy') So powers of deduction may mean you are all on the right road....just need the elusive advert for confirmation

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 29, 2012 - 1:37pm

The only other piece of the puzzle I can add is this image.

Crystal Specs plus the Watch in the box should be good enough for a tentative ID.

'ACADEMY AWARD' "YY"

 

GVP
Posted October 29, 2012 - 3:21pm

Great work. I agree

 

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William Smith
Posted October 29, 2012 - 6:42pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm good w/ that.  Crystal specs work, the another in a box helps a bit.
AA "YY" from me.

 

JP
Posted October 29, 2012 - 7:03pm

Panel Member

Amend my vote to AA "YY"

OldTicker
Posted October 29, 2012 - 7:38pm

I only show the AA "YY" as taking the GS CMY312-18 crystal which is 24.2 X 22.8mm in the 1952 catalog.

I do show a CMY312-6 in the 1966 catalog fitting a AA, no variant listed, and it is a smaller crystal, 24.0 x 22.7mm

I would go with a tentative AA, but not the "YY"

GVP
Posted October 30, 2012 - 3:12am

That's interesting because I have a feeling that the 312-18 may just fit too, although I haven't got one to try. I know that fits the Brewster model also. I wonder if they used the same crystal then decided to amend it at a later date? Just a thought as I know gs liked to have different numbers for some crystals although these would be near enough the same and fit the same models...guess it gave them more money with watchmakers buying more inventory?