Bulova 1950 Duo Wind

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on December 11, 2010 - 8:37am
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Fancy Cased Automatic measures 40mm lug to lug x 33mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Original Butler finish Dial shows a combination of applied Gilt hashmarks and Arabic numerals. Hour and Minute hands are Gilt Alpha style, Sweep center seconds hand is Gilt Modern style. Bulova logo is applied Gilt, Duo Wind insignia is printed Black, Black printed track is numerically calibrated at 5 Second intervals.

Crown is original.

Snap fit Caseback is Stainless Steel and stamped as shown.

1950 was the first Year an Automatic movement in a Bulova.

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William Smith
Posted March 1, 2012 - 11:39pm

appears to be correct.  several 1950 duo winds in DB.  This one is a nice match to ad above.

Posted March 2, 2012 - 6:15am

In reply to by William Smith

And yet a Panel member has down graded with a lower star rating. Why?

Posted June 9, 2012 - 4:38pm

In reply to by NOVA

They're not?

The Dial markers on the subject are identical to the 1950 ad, it is the Dial in the 'THAYER' ad which does not match. - The Hour markers are clearly different.

Posted June 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

A new 1952 Bulova-produced ad shows this watch as the Thayer.  Note the "Duo Wind" on the dial.

Posted June 9, 2012 - 3:42pm

The 'THAYER' is a smaller case than the subject 'DUO WIND'

*note the 11 linge bi- directional movement and ad verbage. - ad Dated 1950.


as to why the new 1952 ad shows duo wind on the Dial is anyones guess? the 1952+ database examples of the 'DUO WIND' are obviously the 'THAYER' with their omni-directional movements (rotor winds in one direction only) and have 'selfwinding' printed on the Dial...


Posted June 9, 2012 - 4:10pm

The brochure is a large format, multiple page, foldout.  It shows the Thayer four times on different pages.  They are not all the same illustration.  In every instance,  "Duo Wind" is on the dial, and the watch is labeled the Thayer.

Here are the four different illustrations:

Posted June 9, 2012 - 4:13pm

It is interesting to note that the subject watch has "Duo Wind" on the dial, like the Thayer ads.  The ad for the Duo-Wind posted in support of the model ID does not have "Duo Wind" on the dial.

Posted June 9, 2012 - 4:32pm

True, the display ad does not but is Dated 1950, as is the Watch and the 11AAC is a bi-directionally winding movement - a 'DUO WIND'.


The 1952+ 'THAYER' ads all state 'selfwinding', not DUO WIND - SELFWINDING as in the 1950 ad.

1952 'THAYER' above.


Note the Dial markers on the Watch above are a match to the 1952 ad whereas the Dial markers on the subject Watch are a match to the 1950 'DUO-WIND' ad. 

Similar, but different.

Posted June 9, 2012 - 4:38pm

Why would Bulova place it in the ad for a duo-wind with out the duo-wind on the dial but on the thayer which is not the same type of automatic??

It may seem foolish or even outrageous to side with Mark on this one but the ad does state that it is a duo-wind watch. Maybe the illustrator messed up and forgot to put that on the dial in the ads. Who knows, we have seen stranger things than this. I have a duo-wind just like Marks with matching date codes of 1950 on the case back and movement.