Bulova 1950 Duo Wind

Submitted by syfre on March 29, 2010 - 2:35pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
50 32946 2
Case shape
Additional Information

One of the early selfwinding DuoWind; date code is located on the rotor ; SS case ; note the US Pattern marked on the movement dial side ; 17 jewels breguet hairspring ; no anti-shock

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 1:13pm

I can't really understand why it is a "challenge", Mark. You say we see the watches called the Duo Wind, then Spencer and Duo Wind then Thayer.
This watch is none of the above, it's movement is a Duo Wind, and the watch is clearly a Watertite, or a Watertite Duo Wind, not a Duo Wind. As you named it.

William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 1:21pm

In reply to by bobbee

This one was kinda challanging to think through, for me anyway.  Had to go to model list for name confirmation. Determine then apply dates of ads, and think through the things we've discussed.  Rule out one ad as a possible "mistake" etc...  But it was a fun one, and helps me learn more about this series.

Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:09pm

How about some more grist for the mill fellas?  I have a 1950 case back stamped LO with BULOVA on the dial and DUOWIND on there as well. The movement is an 11AAC 17 jeweled Swiss.

Now where do we go??


Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:47pm

1951 ad DuoWind F non luminous with leather strap. Mine has the exact same case and dial as that watch but mine is stamped LO on the case and the rotor.

William Smith
Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:58pm

In reply to by JP

I'll check that record in the DB.  Any info helps!  The more we work through, the clearer the patterns etc.... Challenging, rewarding, and fun!

Posted November 20, 2012 - 9:05pm

Not to mention confusing, discouraging and down right exasperating at times. : <)

Posted November 20, 2012 - 10:47pm

Watertite Duo-Wind "E"....not a snap back case...just like the original ad.

Posted November 21, 2012 - 3:39am

Like OT says, don't the duo-winds all have snap on backs?

What is this about? Familiar Duo-Wind "G" with the easily recognisable lugs, then below it mentions the Watertite "E" as being similar?

EDIT:- 1952 ad.   I say we put the name exactly as it says on the nearest dated ad, and walk away!


Posted November 21, 2012 - 6:54am

Thank you Bobbee. That is my watch from the lugs down to the dial and hands mentioned at the bottom of the ad. Not luminous.

I did notice the change in the cases from the lugs on the subject watch to  the lugs on my watch (duo wind F). How common is it to find an ad for a watch two years after the mfg date on the case and watch which both match and say 1950?

See Will, this is the confusion I mentioned and the rest shall follow.