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Bulova 1950 Academy Award "S"

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Bulova Academy Award
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Posted September 26, 2010 - 2:32pm

Hi Again.


I believe it is, A few years back I was in contact with a collector of Academy watches and he told me this was indeed an Academy and he bought one from me. It was also the only Academy I am aware of that was also made with a white gold fill finish as well. I have searched my pc and emails for the Advert Card In was shown but it was too long ago to still be there.

Another interesting point is that I have also seen this case on numerous occasions with the two tone dial the discussion above refers to.

Posted October 20, 2010 - 6:20pm

 I have added a picture of the original price tag from the bottom of the inside of the case.All I can add is that my father bought it brand new in 1950 and was only worn a dozen times.'s picture
Posted October 21, 2010 - 4:19am

Awe.. a debate? Alright... then I will next post images of the WHITE gold filled, '49 movement, Academy Award "T" model (which I do have the ad illustration, to verify the model as the "T") and the dual '49/50 movement dates, simply means that Bulova utilized in production and/or completed movements in stock that were the desired 21 Jewels at the time, I suspect? I had an Academy Award watch collector mention to me recently, that he had never SEEN a white gold filled men's Academy Award series watch? Well the one I just received, IS!? (i.e. The Model "T," Stephen pictured above...)

BTW, I ALSO have a yellow gold filled Model "N," that looks just like the "T," only sports a slightly larger case...  And also the same model as in this post, as illustrated, and just legible enough, to decipher! I also have the model this thread was started with, however it's being repaired in LA... It's the most common of the cases in this/these series, apparently... if the number turning up on eBay, is any indication? And there are other models I have crystals for that I have yet to see to date, online??

I'm not sure where the idea of the "corrogated dial" only, originated for these timepieces, but in the case of the above model and the "T" (see my 1950 watch posts) the watches are nearly IDENTICAL, and all made in 1950/51, so WHY the heck would Bulova have RECASED/DIALED NON Academy Award models, back to back... either before, during or right after a BIG lawsuit??? It seems "logical" that the AAs were unique in respect to their exceptional dials? But it ALSO seems logical that if the watches were well received (like DAH...) that they would also be scrambling for more combos to broaden the scope. (i.e. a "knee jerk" reaction from the Marketing dept., after Jeweler+ test marketing...)

So perhaps the corrogated metal dial seems "logical," yet ultimately isn't entirely accurate... since WHEN did any American watch manufacturer EVER take a "winner" and NOT offer more new choices, thereof?!) These companies were afterall FIERCELY competitive, and also "buyers" market driven... I also recall Shawn Bourget mentioning that the same "X" dials in the same case (the watch this thread began with) were in fact an older design, from the mid 40s... However that likely then means a 1949- 51 movement/case with an "X" dial, is therefore (now/then) renamed as an "Academy Award" model???


Best :-)





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Wayne Hanley
Posted January 22, 2011 - 6:27pm

After all of the above is this 1951 semi-terminal watch an Academy Award?


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William Smith
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Posted March 6, 2012 - 11:57am

AA "Q"?

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Posted January 31, 2011 - 4:54am


Yes, looks identical to the 'N' variant show in the ad.


I believe the Watch shown in the OP is the 'SS' variant.'s picture
Posted March 4, 2011 - 11:13pm



Do you recall where the "SS" denotation originated???

I think G-S lumped the Excellency "SS" in with the Academy Award case? Or was there an AD ILLUSTRATING the Academy Award with the "X" dial? I should the following, for the G-S acrylic:

Academy Award : SS, T , V , X (50) 1 CMX326-36


And that's basically one of MANY approx. 21.5 x 17.5 mm options... as there were: non gabled, dual, tri and quad gabled, flat top, etc. in 21.5 length. And even more in 21.6 length, x 17.5/6mm widths!


:-)  Scott

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Posted May 5, 2011 - 10:40am

This is the "Academy Award R " model confirmed by Jerin in an ad from 1951 Spiegals Catalogue.

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Posted May 5, 2011 - 10:40am

This is the "Academy Award R " model confirmed by Jerin in an ad from 1951 Spiegals Catalogue.

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William Smith
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Posted March 6, 2012 - 12:02pm

looks like 1951 Speigel ad as "R" as per Shawn and Jerin

I'm guessing at the jewel count in subject watch. Maybe an update of other watch info please redbarn?