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Bulova 1950 Academy Award "Q"

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 Added 26 March 2011  Finally vetted as AA "Q" on 4/15/11 with addition of evidentiary advertisements.

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 5:54pm



In TIME, perhaps you'll know???

FYI: there are BOTH "upity" rationales... (as oft illustrated here... and in general... AND there are definitely guys planning on writing books, on ALL Vintage watch brands... There's no money in it... BUT there IS indeed an egotiste "head trip" involved...)   

It's therefore nearly ALL "rationalization..." (Based on bias, limited knowledge, info available at the time, etc.) And there are 2+ "sides" to it... as I often POINT OUT here... And yet noone cares to get!? (Again, merely one's "rationale," at the time...) We ALL post the info. (You, I, Stephen, etc.) and others THEN think they OWN it, after the fact... Like THEY are then the "authority..." of understanding... in a quest to "make sense, of it all..." (Forgeting where they LEARNED what they profess to then "KNOW...") LOL...

The BOTTOM LINE is, was, will always BE... that we really DON'T know very much... BUT, unless you ALSO get into the "psychology" of WHY people think and do what they do/did... then HOW can you even begin to "GET" the LOGIC BEHIND their decisions? Let alone understand the "MINDSET of the marketers/advertisers on say Madison Avenue... Or the decision making going on at BULOVA, or the Jeweler running those ads back in the day... or even last week, for that matter???  


:-)  Scott

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 5:35pm

An initial production Date for the 7AA would be interesting as I have a hunch it was produced exclusively for the 'ACADAMY AWARD' line of Watches.

It's just a hunch, but I've yet to see a 7AA movement Dated prior to A9 (1949) and all were placed in L0 stamped (1950) 'ACADAMY AWARD' Cases.


Model #38102 Y (Yellow Gold) - the ACADAMY AWARD 'Y' variant seems to be the most expensive model produced at the time. -  $115.00 as shown on this original Jeweler price sheet snipplet dated 1950.

7AA with an 'X' Dial perhaps?

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 5:43pm



GOOD POINTS... And I AGREE, on this one...

Shawn has always mentioned seeing these "7AA" movements manf. prior (as early as 1941?) which makes no logical sense, to me? And where ELSE were they then used... And in what other CASE/S?? I think he was referring to these same case designs, with movements dating earlier??? In which instance... I suspect they RATHER USED OLDER PARTS (from the parts BINS) to create the 7AAs... to collectively "use them up" (by design) on the "AA" (7AA) models... as 21Js weren't exactly CHEAP, to produce!?! (And the 7AK was the NEW 21J flagship, by 1950+ apparently? And ALL the cases were 1949/50 stamped, housing these '7AA" movements? (Or maybe a few 48s? But none earlier??) 


:-)  Scott 

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Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:30am

1946                                                           1947                                                   1948

I grabbed these from my parts bins, unfortuneately I didn't have any that are older at this point in time.

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Posted March 29, 2011 - 10:57am

No offense is meant but I'm still skeptical of a 7AA dated prior to A9 as the parts movements above are not shown in an original watch.

It's possible a 7AA bridge could have been used on an older 7AP, 7AK or 7AH to make a working movement giving the impression of an earlier dated 7AA.

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Posted March 29, 2011 - 11:54am

Since the parts are all interchangeable across 5 different models of movements that is a possibility. I doubt it but possible. I've seen too many pre 1949 to buy into that theory is possible.

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Posted March 29, 2011 - 5:52pm

On another note, perhaps this ad is a misprint. If we're going to question everything or be skeptical about everything presented on this site consider this,

The ladies watch is the  AA "N" model and the men's should be " His Excellency". Who's to say the printsetter didn't screw up?

Sorry all, but who's to say, perhap's  this ad says an aweful lot more behind the lines that what's printed on the page!

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Posted March 29, 2011 - 5:54pm

I know.. we can be speculative of everything.  It's rediculous sometimes.

There's a Burkshire watch out there.. with Unknown still on it out of stubbornness!

Tangible proof of 7AA before 1949....  I agree with Shawn

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Posted October 26, 2016 - 10:02pm

The ETA 735 that the 7AA is based on dates back to something like 1935, so it is possible that an earlier version exists. I've never seen one, but I'm constantly watching Academy Award watch dates and so far nada earlier than 50 or 51, if memory serves.


Posted October 26, 2016 - 6:38pm

I am honored and happy to get accepted here. i have been randomly collecting old gold filled watches, why,,I dont know, just sooo cool. i holed to eventually find a solid gold one...well i got a solid 14k yg womens Buluva, Academy Awards LO. My wife has a terminal med issue so i was elated to get this is would too tight...i really want to replace movement so it will work for her. i been reading soo much on here and learning alot but my 21 yr military brain is now officially confused..haha. i know its too expensive on my MY military disability to fix it SO where can i get a new movement to swap out? mine has the GOLD curtain dial too. I took back off BUT i cant figure out how to take off back gold cover from the movement side. i appreciate any and all help. VintageLover. i will post pic when i figure out how haha