Bulova 1955 Academy Award

Submitted by Kathy L. on August 14, 2018 - 1:14pm
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Hello,  This is a recent purchase I made primarily for the charm.  The watch was listed as not working and the back of the case has been polished to the point that you can barely make out the Bulova under a loupe.  The inside of the case has only swirls and service marks so I am unable to know for sure if it is solid or gold filled.  The movement is stamped L5.  The charm is lovely and is stamped 10K and Dieges & Custer.  The watch is really pretty in person and started right up so I will be keeping it after all.

I believe this is an Academy Award "KK".  

Edited:  Adding a photo of this watch spruced up with a new pristine dial and NOS band like the original.  Keeping the one that came with it as well.  



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Posted August 15, 2018 - 7:52am

Glad this beauty went to a good home.

Just confirming the case is stamped 14K?

Kathy L.
Posted August 15, 2018 - 11:48am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

No, unfortunately the only thing I can make out under the loop is that Bulova is there.  The rest has been polished down I think to remove an engraving.  You can tell something was there and I can make out were the serial # was but can not make out the numbers.  The inside has only swirls and service marks.

Posted August 18, 2018 - 1:25am

Well it certainly looks like solid gold, so I'm happy to agree.

Bulova Academy Award "KK".

Posted August 18, 2018 - 6:27am

Agreed - As such, it's another first for the Db and another AA variant identified

Bulova Academy Award KK

Any other Panel thoughts?

Geoff Baker
Posted August 18, 2018 - 8:52am

I know we've had discussions in the past as to wether or not a post 1952 (or 1954) watch can still be named as an Academy Award model. Barring an advert to the contrary, I see no reason this one can't be tagged as such.

1955 Bulova Academy Award (BTW - what a find, it's wonderful Kathy!)

Kathy L.
Posted August 18, 2018 - 12:24pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you Geoff!  I am now equally excited about the watch but the charm is super cool.

Posted August 19, 2018 - 12:51am

What a great find Kathy... thanks so much for sharing!  It looks way better in pictures than the ad!