Bulova 1950 Academy Award "R"

13/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.847693
Variant: 
R
Manufacture Year: 
1950
Movement Symbol: 
49 (A9)
Movement Model: 
7AA
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
Unknown
Case shape: 
Rectangle
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

 Here is my latest acquisition... it just arrived today... my first one! There seems to be an ongoing debate as to whether this dial is correct for an Academy Award. Everything seems original on this watch. In fact, it is in remarkable condition other than a few chips to the glass crystal.

Also, is interest in this watch diminishing? I was a bit surprised at what I got it for!

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timerestoration
Posted May 19, 2011 - 9:39am

 I guess the 3 stars in the Model ID Rating gave me my answer... Thanks!

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Wayne Hanley
Posted May 19, 2011 - 2:20pm

Academy Award "R" even!

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timerestoration
Posted May 19, 2011 - 3:30pm

 Thanks Wayne!

bourg01
Posted May 23, 2011 - 5:12pm

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Yes,  Sadly it would seem that the AA watch values are dropping or it may be this model is still not yet been widely reqognised. The Spiegals catalogue ad was only just recently discovered, about a month ago, by Jerin.  

I put up the $40.00 bucks to own it, as for the time being it is the only known original that shows this case and dial as an AA watch. I thought it was money well spent. The ad is posted here on the site.

There is still hope though. I just saw a display case missing the insert sell for $50.00+.

BTW, Yours looks just too sweet! I'd say all original as well.

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Stephen Ollman
Posted May 23, 2011 - 7:43pm

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As we identify more and more AAs models, they become less and less rare. Once upon a time not so long ago they were indeed considered to be a prize find, but now they seem to be popping up all the time.

They are still a great looking watch IMO.

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WatchCrystals.net
Posted May 28, 2011 - 4:14pm

The "R" model- Dial variant is INDEED, the most common...

 

HOWEVER, just because they are pooing up on (monkey see/do/sell eBay, frankly doesn't mean much... They are still UNCOMMON indeed, considering these were manufatured for 1- 1.5 years time, in 1950+/-. So if there were perhaps 5000 pieces actually released (?) how many are still AROUND, in 2010+, 60 years later?  Maybe HALF the original production?? I doubt it!?! And the (considered rare) models by other leading brands numbered in equivalent (i.e. small no.) production releases... VERY FEW (let alone, popular!) models were only offered for a year or two... Most were made in 25,000 - 100, 000 production volumes, over 5- 30+ year periods... (If not "resurrected," in various incarnations, after initial release!?)

 

:-) Scott 

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timerestoration
Posted May 28, 2011 - 4:22pm

 Yeah Scott, even if half of the original production are still around... how many of them are in the above condition??

Jeff

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

not many.

One note about the printed Bulova signature on the the Dial - the 'R' I own is applied gilt.

NOVA
Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:37pm

My "R" has the printed signature on the dial, like Jeff's.

In fact, there are three other "R"s in the database--in addition to yours and Jeff's--and they all also have the black printed signature.  So, that's five black printed versions to one applied gilt.

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William Smith
Posted December 14, 2011 - 3:18am

Club 5000Panel Member

I have one like this, w/ the same nice box, little hang tag and some other paperwork.  Gotta dig it out and photograph it for us.  It's on my list.