Bulova 1952 Academy Award "ZZ"

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Model ID rating explained.
2.802
Variant: 
ZZ
Manufacture Year: 
1952
Movement Model: 
7AA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
6088047
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1952 Academy Award "ZZ"

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1952 Academy Award ZZ
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William Smith
Posted July 31, 2014 - 2:56pm

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Yep...text of ad matches subject watch.  Nice example of AA "ZZ"

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bobbee
Posted July 31, 2014 - 3:22pm

Great AA "ZZ" you have there! :-D

jabs
Posted July 31, 2014 - 3:25pm

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faceted crystal is amazing that I have not yet seen

Geoff Baker
Posted August 1, 2014 - 6:05am

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Academy Award ZZ

mybulova_admin
Posted August 1, 2014 - 4:04pm

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So I'm wondering considering the date codes L1/L2 and the variant 'ZZ' if this is the last of the AAs Bulova produced.

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bobbee
Posted August 1, 2014 - 4:51pm

Canada Bulova still produced the AA in the 1960's.

Mans and ladies models in this 1968 Canadian ad.

 

http://www.watchophilia.com/vintage-advertisements/a1960-1969/a1968-newspaper2/

 

There are also US ads as late as 1955 on site, Lisa has US ads up to 1960.

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William Smith
Posted August 2, 2014 - 3:25am

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I just noticed....the band looks like the one in the ad!!!  Great watch!  
Interesting Canada kept cranking them out....they may not have been under any pressure to do otherwise...  

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bobbee
Posted August 2, 2014 - 4:58am

Strange how you "neighbours" do business!

So the same company that made the AA in an agreement originally made for five years, still made new models in the sixties? I thought the Academy Award name was under an International trademark?

I know it's been thrashed out forever, but Lisa's findings on the Bulova/AA case was that the advertising was the only thing that was changed, not the model production. Maybe Bulova Canada made new agreements but had to tone down the advertising.

The only mention I have found about the original agreement in the newspapers is from November 1949, and is about the new line of AA's being made under licence for a five year initial contract.