Bulova 1952 Academy Award

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3
Manufacture Year: 
1952
Movement Model: 
7AA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6284342
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case measures 37mm lug to lug x 21mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Ultra rare Harlequinn Dial shows a combination of applied Gilt Arabic numerals and square 'dot' markers, Bulova signature is applied Gilt and the Dial is absent of any Minutes track. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Modern and believed incorrect and a traditional '21 J' Index style Seconds Hand appears on a 'cross hair' sub Dial fully obscuring the 6.

21 Jewel 7AA Movement Dated L1.

Caseback is Gold and stamped L2.

 

It is My beleif, although unsupported, that this Watch is from the 'ACADEMY AWARD' series of Watches produced by Bulova in the early 1950's. The Striped and Diamond Dials on those known pieces and the Harlequinn pattern shown on this Watch are all patterns synonymous with the 'Court Jester', an original form of Theatrical  entertainment dating to Medievil times and with Theatre in general.

This Watches fingerprints are the same as other known 'AA's - 21Jewel 7AA movement, Gold Caseback and a Dial showing an open Seconds track.

vintage display ad Dated 1952. - Many Thanks bobbee!

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bobbee
Posted October 31, 2012 - 1:49pm

OR IS IT?

Cedar Rapids Gazette, 11-May-1952 ad.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 31, 2012 - 2:16pm

YES!!!!!!!!

That is freaking AWESOME bobbee - AWESOME!!!

request model change to 'ACADEMY AWARD' based on new 1952 ad.

'PARK LANE' in 1953 - which is very significate.

Excellent find, just excellent!

bourg01
Posted November 4, 2012 - 2:52pm

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Well knock my socks off. Now we need to find the variant extention. Excellent find bobbie cause I just bought one and would have sold it. Now it will find a place of honour in my AA watch shrine. That's just too sweet.

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bobbee
Posted October 31, 2012 - 2:29pm

I thought you might like this one Mark, it upholds your theory. And maybe the name WAS changed to the Park Lane in 1953, in line with advertising changes re. the AA line?

EDIT:- Agree with name change request, as subject is same age as ad.

Sorry there's no variant letters though. :^(

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William Smith
Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:54pm

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Good one Bobbee!!!  It all makes sense.  Great ad find.  Name changed. Perfect.

1952 Academy Awards
 

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bobbee
Posted October 31, 2012 - 4:07pm

I lke the "Court Jester" idea too, especially as in medieval times and later in Europe and the Middle East, public "jesters" in travelling actors' bands, or "Troupes", were called "Harlequin", and wore patchwork outfits.

Kinda fits, doesn't it?

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William Smith
Posted October 31, 2012 - 4:20pm

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what year was that movie where the pellet with the poison's in the chalice with the palace?  Didn't it win an academy award?  Bulova marketing at it's best.

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bobbee
Posted October 31, 2012 - 4:26pm

1955, "The Court Jester" with Danny Kaye.

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William Smith
Posted October 31, 2012 - 4:35pm

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My bad.  1955 doesn't work.  it was a good idea while it lasted.  LOL

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 4:34pm

Called the 'fool', known as the Jester and depicted today on playing cards as the Joker they were one of, if not the original form of entertainment.