Bulova 1954 His Highness

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NOS (New Old Stock )1954 Bulova model 38179-Y. I think it's the missing link! If this watch watch was 1949 it would be an Excellency. If it was 1950 or '51 it would be an Academy Award. But here it is - WITH THE HANG TAG - and no name on it, just the model number 38179-Y (Yellow). Watch is presented in it's original clam shell transitional AA display case, with it's original band and raised quad crystal. Original Bulova guarantee booklet and polishing cloth complete this amazing package. Why didn't our friends on 5th Ave give this beauty a name - What can the mystery be?? What will we name this watch?

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alien Ant
Posted June 20, 2013 - 10:41pm

found this academy award with interesting link



The case was found in favour of bulova on may 15th 1956.

another interesting read, with links to the AMPAS case but you all probably read it before.


that looks just like mr bakers watch and one of your members who used to be a lawyer says it did not mean bulova had to stop advertising the watches just in a certain way.

ad from the link above dates to july 1953

even has the AAMPAS copyright  to show they are complying with the lawsuit stipulation.

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Posted June 24, 2013 - 7:07pm

The ad shown above is ran by Connell's, not Bulova and Who knows when the ad was originally produced. Simply because an ad ran in a 1953 Newspaper does not mean the ad is from 1953. The ad may very well have been produced in 1952, which by the looks of it was.

Jim Townsend
Posted August 16, 2013 - 3:22am

I have this excat watch in MINT condition also minus the clam shell case. Same dial same crystal same jewel count etc.... Beautiful watch. Got mine @ shopgoodwill.com for 27 dollars

Posted August 17, 2013 - 7:15am

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1954 'His Highness'

1954 Bulova His Highness - 38179

Geoff Baker
Posted August 18, 2013 - 5:20am

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All Hail - His Highness  - I love it.

Well done Stephen!

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Posted August 19, 2013 - 3:51pm

Another piece of the puzzle confirming there will be no 'ACADEMY AWARD' Series Watches post 1952 ala Lawsuit agreement dated the same

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Posted November 23, 2014 - 6:50am


Another piece of the puzzle confirming there will be no 'ACADEMY AWARD' Series Watches post 1952 ala Lawsuit agreement dated the same



What an absolute fairy story.

All proof shown by other members that include links to the actual court findings shows that Bulova was merely stopped from advertising in a certain way, and examples of AA's that have case and movement dates for 1953 all point to the absolute truth that Bulova were selling AA watches well into the late 1950's.

How you can mention the lawsuit without showing the parts that prove your statement show you never even looked at it.

Here is the court stipulation that meant Bulova just had to stop using the names "Oscar", Academy Award" and images of the figurine without showing that it was with the AMPAS's permission!



Here is a July 1953 advert that uses the legend "(C) A.M.P.A.S." to keep in line with that stipulation.



Best to keep to facts, eh?

Posted November 23, 2014 - 3:15pm

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Oh fer sick... His Highness

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Posted November 23, 2014 - 3:44pm

A bit too complex for ya? :-)

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Posted November 24, 2014 - 3:32am

In the 1954 supplement,  a model  with the stock number 38179Y was called His Highness.

We know that the AA "ZZ" looked like the subject too.

Do we know the AA 'ZZ' had this stock number? No.

This was the stock number for the AA 'ZZ' in the 1958 pfull price list.




Is it possible that the watch was put in the wrong box? I think so.

HH one tick, as the AA's were still being sold in 1958, let alone 1954.