Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Submitted by timerestoration on May 18, 2011 - 11:21am
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49 (A9)
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 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!

Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Posted May 19, 2011 - 9:39am

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

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

Academy Award "R" even!

Posted May 23, 2011 - 5:12pm

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.

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

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.

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 

Posted May 28, 2011 - 4:22pm

In reply to by WatchCrystals.net

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


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.

Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:37pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

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.

William Smith
Posted December 14, 2011 - 2:18am

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.