Bulova 1951 Academy Award "ZZ"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
ZZ
Manufacture Year: 
1951
Movement Model: 
7AA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
4958593
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
17.75X21.60MM
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1951 BULOVA

Case back:10K GOLD FILLED,BULOVA,L1

Inside case back:BULOVA FIFTH AVE NEW YORK

21 jewel 7AA movement is dated A9(also has a dot stamped in front of the A9 marking,I don't know if this means anything)

Dial:Bulova,has applied gold #'s and it looks like the hands are mismatched.

Sighned BULOVA crown.

 

 

 

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JP
Posted March 31, 2015 - 8:03pm

Panel Member

Looks like a president but I will have to check the db.

JP

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1955mercury
Posted March 31, 2015 - 10:43pm

From a 1951 ad.

jabs
Posted April 1, 2015 - 1:40am

Panel Member

Well this is dilemma Academy Award "ZZ" has shaded dial and His Excellency "LL", which has the same case usually has a stainless steel back

another  example His Excellency "LL" but with 14k gold

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bobbee
Posted April 1, 2015 - 1:03pm

This has shadow dial, very faint but there.

AA 'ZZ'.

Andersok
Posted April 1, 2015 - 2:08pm

Panel Member

Good eye Bobbee...agree with Academy Award "ZZ" 

denupnorth
Posted April 1, 2015 - 7:51pm

Sometimes I see it and sometimes I don't;it's very faint,at best.

 

Geoff Baker
Posted April 1, 2015 - 8:09pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I'd agree with the Academy Award ZZ ID. Not 100% I see the shadow but the gold case back does it for me. I was kind of thinking the cracked dial might indicate an older redial.

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1955mercury
Posted April 1, 2015 - 8:21pm

I've been looking at several others, don't know if I've looked at enough yet, but it seems the shadow dials don't have the minute tracks and the solid color dials do. This is really a hard one to nail down positively.

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bobbee
Posted April 2, 2015 - 9:18am

Well spotted merc, another way of ID'ing this model!

While I'm at it, I will post the legal findings regarding the Academy Award, and hope to dispel the myth surrounding it.

In October 1952, AMPAS allowed Bulova to carry on advertising the AA line, as long as they made it clear it was under licence to them (AMPAS). We can see this in the last paragraph of the court findings below, and a later July 1953 advert that shows "C (copyright) A.M.P.A.S. below the Oscar, thus fulfilling the agreement.

 

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William Smith
Posted April 2, 2015 - 2:15pm

Club 5000Panel Member

No minute track on shadow dials....good point.  I sure don't see the "faint shadow dial", but if others do, its just my old tired eyes... 
Like Geoff, the gold back helps too.

AA "ZZ" from me.