Bulova 1953 Academy Award "ZZ"

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This watch was originally thought to be a possible Academy Award model. However, there is no proof. There is a color picture of 7 Academy Award models that confused me & most of our members that made the comments below.

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One picture is worth a thousand words, one erroneous picture can mislead thousands of people.

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Posted April 13, 2011 - 9:04am

What's the latest date for those ads?

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Posted April 13, 2011 - 9:32am

To stop advertising the AA's would not include removing the namesake from the boxes, nor to stop calling the Watch an 'ACADEMY AWARD'.

The Watch simply would not be advertised in media such as newspapers, magazines, mailings etc.

I'm trying to theorise as to why We have 'ACADEMY AWARD' appearing watches dated 1953 and possibly beyond with no ads to substantiate their existance.

Obviously a 'Court order for Bulova to cease production' is not the Case as I pointed out earlier but rather an agreement not to advertise.

Posted April 13, 2011 - 9:39am

And why would they want to keep selling a watch that they couldn't advertise?  Does that sound like Bulova to you?  Not to me.

By the way, there was no agreement not to advertise.  There was only a stipulation not to advertise in a certain way.  Bulova could not use particular language in the adverts.  It's an important distinction.  Based on that stipluation, Bulova could not only still sell the watches, but they could also advertise them--just not the way they had been advertising them up to that point.

The simple answer to why we don't have any ads for the watches could be that we just haven't found the ads yet.  There are quite a few watches in the database that don't yet have ads depicting them.  So that's hardly a far-fetched theory.

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Posted April 13, 2011 - 9:45am

I agree and believe the 'AA' was produced beyond 1952, although unsubstantiated at this time.

Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:46pm

This is the watch "his excellency" that I was looking for a pryamid crystal for. My watch has a crystal shapped like the color variance on the  dial, in the form of four distinct pryamids. I don't know if this is and actual excellency or not, but the color variances are identical. I will post pictures alter to see what you all think.


Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:54pm

By the way, the back on my watch has L1 on it.

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Posted October 5, 2012 - 5:00am

I would call this the Acadamy Award "ZZ".

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William Smith
Posted October 5, 2012 - 2:58pm

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Is there a difference in the number of "divits" on the verticle bezel between some of the HE's and the AA "ZZ".  I seem to remember more than one example of similar case w/ like 7 "divits", but that's just from memory.

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Posted October 5, 2012 - 3:02pm

Five "points" on the ZZ case, Will.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 5:29am

Above ad dated to July 23rd. 1953. Great work, William Smith. Note the copyright below the "Oscar".

Although the above ad does not contain the subject watch, it does however prove beyond doubt that the Acadamy Award line continued to be sold, and that Bulova continued to advertise them after 1952.

Subject watch is the AA "ZZ".