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Bulova 1949 Academy Award

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Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1949

Movement Symbol: 

49 (A9)

Movement Model: 

6BA

Movement Jewels: 

21

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

414337

Case shape: 

CornerCut

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Tonneau

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

So I picked this up because I believe it is probably an Academy Award watch.  It is the same case as the "F" variant but with a dial like the "J" and "H".  The "A" has the curtain dial with a "J" having this dial.  The "B" has a curtain dial and the matching "H" with this dial.  So my thought is that the "F" has a sister watch with this dial.  But it is just a guess until an ad might show up for it.  Until then I will keep it just in case.  It is 10K gold filled, has a 21 jewel 6BA working movement.  What are your thoughts?  Should it be a "F" or Unknown or a generic Academy Award?

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mybulova_admin
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Posted October 26, 2018 - 8:39pm

Is this the same watch?

1950 Bulova Academy Award "N" 

1950 Bulova Academy Award "N" ladies watch

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Kathy L.
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Posted October 26, 2018 - 8:46pm

I don't think so.  It is exactly the same case as the "F".  I was thinking maybe the "FF" was close.  Honestly I don't think there is an ad for it that I can find.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 26, 2018 - 10:43pm

The case does look like the 'F' to me. 

Geoff Baker
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Posted October 27, 2018 - 8:43am

I'm kind of on the fence. I agree that the case is the F but the dial is stopping me, It's either a heretofore unidentified model or a dial movement swap. I'm going with a tentative F

1949 Bulova Academy Award F (tentative)

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Kathy L.
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Posted October 27, 2018 - 10:21am

I think F would work until an ad would show differently because of the case match.  I am thinking it is the original dial and a different variant but it is just speculation on my part.  

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted October 27, 2018 - 6:08pm

Nice watch! I'm on the fence with Geoff. It could be a dial/movement swap or a currently unidentified AA Model. Based on the date code on movement matching case - I'm inclined to go

1949 AA - no variant

for the time being, as opposed to labeling it an "F" with a different face. My gut feeling is that it's a currently undocumented variant.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 27, 2018 - 7:08pm

I'm more inclined to go either unknown or Her Excellency. It might be part of the AA series, but could also be from a number of others. $62.50 woud put the case as solid gold.

1950 Bulova Her Excellency watch

 

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Kathy L.
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Posted October 27, 2018 - 10:28pm

moving my comment to the end of the thread.  

mybulova_admin
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Posted October 27, 2018 - 7:42pm
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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted October 27, 2018 - 8:04pm

Sure looks that way, but Miss E "RR" is solid gold...... subject watch is plated .

You have raised a valid point though. Case appears to be the same design  for the AA, Her E and Miss E. Is it possible this is one of those confusing ones where the date, band (cord or metal) and gold or plated could be the determining factor in name? The AA "F" as an example is plated and more expensive than the plated Her Excellency you reference. The Miss Excellency "RR" is listed as solid gold and cheaper.....I'm confused. Is the AA more expensive because of the name?