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Bulova 1950 Academy Award "Q"

9/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.



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49 (A9)

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Additional Information

Case measures 38mm lug to lug x 21mm non inclusive of the Crown.

Original 'Shadow' Dial shows appiled Gilt Numerals and changes with the angle of light. The Dial is absent of a Minute register and the Seconds register is open.

Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Index style and and a Gilt Index style Seconds Hand shows on a sub Dial completely obscuring the 6.

21 Jewel 7AA dated A9 (1949).

Crown is signed Bulova.

Caseback is Gold and stamped as shown.

as found.

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Posted May 25, 2012 - 3:38pm

Well, as I've said, but feel the need to say one more time, you are determining when the strap matters according to your own opinion, and you don't have all the facts.

If the Carla and Lady Berkshire ad proves anything it is that without all the ads, we are always relying on some level of assumption when making IDs.  Sometimes those assumptions will be right, sometimes wrong.  I don't think you are the only one who is capable of making the correct assumption.  Until yesterday, you would not have argued that your "Lady Berkshire" could be another model based on the strap.  So why not have a rating system that takes into account as many specific factors as we have determined might be important? 

As for the ratings speaking for themselves, I really can't believe you said that.  I don't think anyone really understands what those three checks mean, and they sure aren't applied consistently.  What they mean to you, they most definitely don't mean to every other panel member.  That fact has been discussed repeatedly, as everyone has made up their own "rules" regarding when they will or will not give any particular number of checks.  That very issue was clear earlier this week in the Chron C discussion.

Why not agree on some objective criteria that can address all points of view?  Where is the harm in that?


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 25, 2012 - 3:19pm

We can only base Our opinions on the information We have on Hand at the time.

Posted May 25, 2012 - 3:33pm

I agree.  And since 99.9% of the time the watch at issue does not have the orginal strap, you cannot know what that strap might have been, and, therefore, you cannot base a model ID solely on a nonexistent, completely unknown strap.  You have insufficient information to make the determination.

It is really that simple.

That's why the strap should logically be one factor toward the ID, not the sole basis of an ID.  That's where a revised rating system could help end this debate.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 25, 2012 - 8:24pm

The strap is one factor in the ID of some Models, particularly variants of a given Model. This is becoming clearer and clearer by the Day.

Which Models does this apply to? Who knows with 100% certainty.

Case by Case.