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Bulova 1950 Academy Award "W"

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Bulova L-0 1950 Academy Award as seen in NAWCC Magazine

Known today as The Lawsuit Model

Golden Curtain Dial, Tuxcedo Case

21 Jewel 7AP L-O Movement Serviced and Running Strong

Band is a Kriesler 1/20th Gold Filled Twisto

Clamshell Academy Award Case with Original Bulova Price Tag

I have owned this Model since 2005

I have also written numerous Published Stories on the Contract between AMPAS and Bulova 

Bulova as you know agreed to discontinue Production on this Model to settle a Copyright Enfringement Suit brought on by The Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences for use of the OSCAR Statue Symbol in Bulova Advertisement of said Model. 

Because of this Suit AMPAS to this day prohibits use of the OSCAR Statuteet in any form in any advertisement or media representation

I hope you enjoy this Original Representation of the Bulova Academy Award Model




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1950 Bulova Academy Award
1950 Bulova watch
Panel Member
Posted June 10, 2016 - 7:18am

1950 AA "W"

Bulova Watch

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted June 11, 2016 - 4:49am

Nice watch,  NOS Kreisler "Bamboo" bands are still out there on the bay.

Academy Award "W"

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Posted June 17, 2016 - 7:14am

WOW, Thanks very much.. found a correct Kresiler "Bamboo" Band with boxes and tages on e-bay for 30 bucks! I'll update AA "W" Watch soon with NOS Band. 


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Reverend Rob
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Posted June 11, 2016 - 9:47am

For those that are interested in such things, $71.50 in today's money is over $700.00. Just for comparison, that was the same basic price as a Rolex. (Rolex prices have become insanely inflated since then)

This was and still is an excellent quality watch, with its 21 jewel, Breguet Hairspring movt, and would have represented a 'serious' purchase for someone who valued quality. 

The lawsuit story has since been disproved, Bulova manufactured AA watches through 1954, and ads exist that confirm this to 1953. Dealers continued to advertise and sell Academy Award watches until 1960 when stock was exhausted. What is unknown is what year Bulova stopped selling the popular watches.

The original lawsuit was a spurious one levelled against Bulova, not by AMPAS, but by an upstart company called 'Champion Play Corporation', which  in 1946  changed its name to 'Academy Award Products, Inc.' In 1950 they filed a suit against Bulova for infringement of copyright, based on 17 applications they made to use the terms 'Academy Award' for products like Watches and clocks that they did not even sell. The copyright was cancelled by the Patent Office following the filing of the lawsuit, stating that Champion had falsely obtained them. The suit against Bulova was dismissed, and Bulova sued for damages which were awarded in 1955. 

Wording on the actual Bulova ads was tweaked in 1952 following an FTC agreement with AMPAS that stated Bulova was required to state that the Academy Award name and 'Oscar' was being used by permission and under license. As long as they adhered to the requirement, at no time was Bulova ever prohibited from using the copyrighted terms, nor was the agreement cancelled between Bulova and AMPAS. The actual wording of the contract stated that Bulova would have to 'Cease and Desist' unless they used the approved wording. Bulova complied, and nothing more came of it. 

I believe we have discussed this elsewhere in the threads on other AA models. 

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted June 12, 2016 - 5:56am

Thank you Rev, for continuing to dispel the "legend that will not die". It's unfortunate that this story continues to grow legs and has somehow become one of the watch world most persistent urban legends.

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Posted June 15, 2016 - 6:39am

Bulova Academy Award Watch 'W'

Posted June 15, 2016 - 3:36pm

Interesting information. Now to find an Academy Award watch for my collection!

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Posted June 17, 2016 - 7:24am

Search ebay... they are all over the place on prices. I feel the best is to find one complete with Clamshell AA Watch Case  as I have seen just the cases sell for as much as the watches. AA in Mint Condition should sell for around 500.00 USD but they around for much less. The Golden Curtain Dials, 21 J and Tuxcedo Cases I like best. Just try to find a all original working AA. Be carefull, ask questions of models. Dials are being jammed into odd cases and called AA Models. Best if you get one 1949-L-O and L-1. After that it got weird.. the Lawsuit that is. At one point they were selling as high as 2,000.00 USD now they are in the gutter on value. Not quite sure that is... if you get one owned by a Star that won a Oscar the night they received the watch in the gift backet, its worth 100 times more. Good Luck!

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Posted June 16, 2016 - 7:47am

There is no Myth to this story! Ask AMPAS about use of the Oscar Symbol and the Bulova Story pops up first. Bulova shamelessly used the OSCAR Statue in their pin wheel and Jeweler advertisements that made it seem Bulova had won the Academy Award. They handed out these Watches to Nominees Oscar Night in Hollywood and New York. It does not really matter whom filed the Original Suit the agreement to use the Oscar Symbol the property of The National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Yes, limited manufactiring continued up to L-3 but the OSCAR Symbol was gone by L-2 per the Lawsuit. Lest to say, both parties agreed to not agree that Bulova exploited their agreed upon rights to advertise using the Oscar Symbol.

Today use the Oscar Symbol to advertise anything and your in a heap of trouble.

John V. "Time & Again"  

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Posted June 24, 2016 - 12:58am


UPDATE: My Bulova AA Watch now with Kreisler 14K GF Bamboo Band! Pictured is Hoagy Charmichael and Wife whom originally owned the watch.