Bulova 1951 Academy Award

Submitted by OldTicker on January 21, 2012 - 9:15pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
49 (A9)
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
GS CC294-5 12.0 x 11.8mm
Additional Information

1951 Bulova Academy Award Ladies 21J 6BC movement with a A9 date stamp, Gold Curtin Dial with Black numbers & markers and Black hands. The 10K Gold filled case and back is stamped L1, the band is a adjustable sliding clasp Bretton 12k Gold filled. 5X signed.

Discussion on this watch can be found here at  http://www.mybulova.com/node/3680

It is a very nice looking and good running ladies watch, and I hope one day we can determine which one of the 13+ letter codes this one is.


1951 Bulova Academy Award Ladies 21J 6BC
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Posted January 21, 2012 - 11:43pm

Hey Ticker

There is no doubt this an AC ladies and I think it's the  A or B  designate. I'll have to go look again. An AA for sure though. 3 stars posted.

Posted January 22, 2012 - 9:18am

How does a Watch earn a 3 Star rating  without visual confirmation?

I believe the Watch is an 'AA' but can't be 100% positive, it deserves 3 but all I can give is 2 at this time.

Posted January 22, 2012 - 10:52am

 3 stars on being an AA model, confirmed here. Letter designation to be determined.

Posted January 22, 2012 - 12:13pm

Does the Watch match the ad? 

Posted January 22, 2012 - 12:21pm

I just went through all of my '49 - '55 GS & BB catalogs and this is the model designations listed...they must have been pumping out new models every month for the first 2 years, its crazy!

From crystal size, this one is possibly the "B", "H" or "BH" and after looking at the crystal that I installed on this watch, I can see that it does not quite fit the contour of the crystal ring, and it should have a slight curve to the dimensions. I will have to see if I have the 2 part numbers that are listed, I am not sure why we have a discrepancy in measurments between the 2 company's, maybe a misprint or just a wrong listing?? and I am not sure why GS is listing a "BH" & "AJ", those might also be typo's

Posted January 22, 2012 - 12:25pm

I agree it's probably an 'AA' Greg, but it doesn't match either of the Models in the ad shown above.

Posted January 22, 2012 - 12:53pm

That's the Case and all 21 Jewel Ladies models from this era are advertised as either 'HER EXCELLENCY' or 'ACADEMY AWARD's.

according to the ads in the database.