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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Geoff Baker
Posted June 4, 2012 - 5:41am

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Jerin - Mr. NOS says....

"Yup, that's a very nice watch you there"

AND he would knock Bob Bruno to the curb to be first in line for it.....

Posted June 5, 2012 - 9:37am

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Yea, I'd pop the $89.50 on your price tag. lol I 've seen a fair few of these Jerin but none as clean as this one. She's sweet!

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William Smith
Posted June 4, 2012 - 12:30pm

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Gang  RE the AA lawsuits.  About 2-3 months ago, I did a forum post with links to various lawsuits in which Bulova was involved.  Among those links were reference to two AA related lawsuits.  There was no lawsuit between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  There was a related lawsuit which may or may not have caused Bulova to rethink their advertising campaign RE AA watches, but there is no indication that the four year agreement between Bulova and the AMPAS didn't run it's full term. 

I guess Lisa was one of the folks who looked through these lawsuits, and she was aware of them before my post.  Her legal background may have placed her in a position to understand the documents better than most, but I was able to get the just of the articles.  I believe the Bulova and AMPAS lawsuit is an urban myth, perpetuated at first on the internet.  No one did anything wrong in perpetuating this myth- folks used their best judgment at the time, and may have said things which had no basis.  The "myth" was furthered by two NAWCC articles where authors did their homework, but apparently didn't find the source legal materials with which to make "correct" statements in the articles.  Once published, the myth is easily cited in these publications, giving further credence to the "facts". 

I bet we find that Bulova not only marketed and sold AA's through mid 1954, but didn't do more than bat an eye at the legal proceedings.  There is no indication in the form of legal proceedings which indicate otherwise. 

What I believe Lisa did was not only read the proceedings, but double-check related cases which were cited in the footnotes of the proceedings in the suits where Bulova was directly involved.  She did her homework, relying on published facts. ...and the documents, not Lisa, indicate there was no lawsuit and the lack of any documentation stating Bulova did one single thing to even slow down production or marketing of the AA line is non-existent.  Lisa just pointed this out to us.  Thanks Lisa

...now lets find an early 1954 AA watch and/or a Bulova approved and created AA ad which will help demonstrate that the AA's were sold and marketed for the length of the four year contract they had to do so.  I believe we have an example of a 1953 AA watch already.  I bet they are out there.

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William Smith
Posted June 7, 2012 - 2:39pm

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I say mid 1954 in this post in a few places.  It was a mistake- not a typo, but more of basic math issue.  I meant to type mid 1953. 

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Posted June 7, 2012 - 7:14am

relevant discussion here: http://www.mybulova.com/node/4550

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William Smith
Posted August 13, 2012 - 4:53am

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...I can't find the old blurry Jefferson ad.....Searched from 1949 through 1956 

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Posted November 7, 2012 - 12:00pm

Here ya go, Feb 1955 ad. Enjoy.

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William Smith
Posted December 4, 2012 - 2:37am

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hang tag and ad. 3 ticks from me.