I don't think the band is original ( Kriesler Qulity ), but looks natural and matches the watch perfectly.It is 21 Jewel movement and works perfectly.
Band is original, made by Kriesler for Bulova for the Acadamy Award Watch.
I've seen an identical configuration.
This is NOT an Academy Watch. The box and Watch case are but the DIAL is cerrtainly not. The band is too i believe. Basically some bright spark has stuck a movement and dial in the case.
when I have a chance I will take this to a jeweler and have them open the case to get the movement number,the dial itself, as best I can describe it is an X with the center lower than the edges.I wasn't trying to mislead anybody, I just like the watch.
Gary, upon further investigation I found a low-res ad showing what looks to be the watch above and as such am happy for it to be marked as an Academy Award 'N'. Only difference I can see is the vertical case lines instead of horizontal. Does anyone read the watch label as different?
I think this has to be open to debate as I have never seen this model named as an Academy. I have seen the case in the advert with a ribbed dial as an Academy but not a two tone dial. The original watch, shown above, is not an original watch. This dial was never put in the case. It can not be labelled as an academy N because, even if the advert shown is an Academy 'N' the watch case is clearly not the same.
Can anyone tell me who is the source of this ad. I'd love to get my hands on a copy that I could actually read for myself and perhaps see if it's dated between 1948-1950. I happen to own two of the AA models with the curtain dials and also the same 2 cases with the 2 tone dial. The issue I have is that the 2 tones are both dated 1951 on the case and movement so how can it be an AA model?
Gary it may be helpful if you were able to post any relevant information you have in the form of ads or sales books that describe the exact details of the Academy Award series. From my experience Bulova often mixed and matched dials and cases to release new versions of particular models. This practice has made it difficult to keep track of what is what.
I think for now the jury is out on this particular watch, but it's good to see that is has sparked further interest in this watch series. I like you Gary want to make sure that this series is correctly documented, similar to the work I've done on the Lone Eagle series.
Just my opnion, but the case on the watch in question looks more like my 49 Director than the case in the ad marked as Academy Award 'N' . Although the lugs on the Director do look a little different. I'm no expert but I thought I'd mention it.
Here is an interesting spin on this topic. See ebay listing for a watch that has the typical ribbed dial and also the vertical ribbed case as show above in the low-res advert.
The movement is 1949 and certainly could be another type of 'Academy Award'......thoughts.