Bulova 1953 Jefferson

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Sorry this has taken me so long to post it up after I got it but as most of you know I've been pretty busy the last few months.

Well.. this is the first one I've gotten... I believe this is NOS.

The Jefferson.  We don't have an advert for this yet other than a very horrible catalog ad someplace you can barely make out it looks something like "Jefferson".  Well low and behold inside the case was the original hang tag!

This watch is in pristine mint condition.  I haven't had one like it and certainly haven't seen one from the 1950's in this good a shape except for a couple that Oldticker had found in parts and was fixed up by Mike.

I'm adding a few more pics just because I think this will be the primere go-to for this model in the future


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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted June 5, 2012 - 8:56am

I never said they were ordered to stop making the 'ACADEMY AWARD' series, Bulova agreed to stop their advertising tactics which without doubt brought bad blood between the 2 parties.

Faced with the termination of a contract in 1954, which prior to Bulova may have deemed renewable, could account for these Models which display all of the charcteristics of an 'ACADEMY AWARD' series Watch, all the way to the display box in which they were sold.

The similarities are undeniable.


Posted June 7, 2012 - 10:02am

I think this is a series of watches that would benefit from a lot less speculation (e.g., "bad blood", renewable contracts, possible relationships with similarly styled watches, etc.) and more actual facts.

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Posted December 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

The evidence will emerge Lisa, eventually.

in 1953 the "PARK LANE"

in 1952



Posted June 3, 2012 - 4:49pm

I've had mine labeled as a Jefferson for a while based on the crystal specs and the blurry ad that kinda sorta shows it.  It's nice to have this addtional confirmation.

Posted June 3, 2012 - 6:44pm

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Yep.... same crappy ad we once had.  I'm sure you'll find a good ad for it soon enough in your current endeavour.

Posted June 3, 2012 - 5:43pm

Really nice watch...and the photos of the movement are incredible....how do you do it? Light box, I'm sure, but I've never seen such clarity before anywhere! Great job and find!

Posted June 3, 2012 - 6:40pm

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Yeah just a light box and an my fine FugiFilm camera.  Model:  FinePix S700, 7.1 Megapixel.

I have it set on Auto.  When the camera turns on I put it on Super Macro.  If you look at the rest of the watches I've posted on here I'd say 99.9% of them were done with this camera and that setting.  Then I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 to crop, rotate, and resize.

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Bob Bruno
Posted June 3, 2012 - 6:10pm

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Great watch! great pics! great find! I don't want a watch like it I want that one! The expansion band is so cool. I love the way the links alternate convex concave. Very unique! congrats Plains. :)

Posted June 3, 2012 - 6:42pm

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I'm not done lookin at it yet Bob!  I'll let you have first crack if ya want.

Jim Townsend
Posted June 3, 2012 - 6:37pm

Excellent ! very luck man plains it is beautiful !!!!!