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An Academy Award Foil Charm

I am sure some of you may have seen these before but it was the first one I have seen.  It has the phrase that cause Bulova and the Academy Award to have their falling out.  Fashion Academy Gold Medal Awarded to Bulova for Outstanding Design.  This one is dated 1951.  

Edit:  I think it is a tag not a charm.

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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted February 4, 2019 - 8:49pm

Very cool, I've never seen one.  Do I see the date 1951 on the bottom? Thanks for sharing!

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Kathy L.
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Posted February 4, 2019 - 9:06pm

Yes it has the date 1951 at the bottom.  Ya, I thought it was a cool little related item worth picking up : )

mybulova_admin
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Posted February 6, 2019 - 9:01pm

Nope, this is the first one I have ever seen. Matches what we know about the fallout.

Very Very cool!!

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Kathy L.
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Posted February 7, 2019 - 12:10pm

Funny I found two of these at the same time.  The other one was with a 50's box and had a burgundy string attached which leads me to believe it was a tag and not a charm.  Sadly I missed the end of that auction and got outbid but happy I got this one.  

mybulova_admin
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Posted February 8, 2019 - 4:51am

Ahh now I see, its gold foil not solid metal...that makes sense as a hang tag.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted February 8, 2019 - 10:14am

Just my 2¢, but the Academy (AMPAS) might have been a bit over reactive, if this is what set them off. 'Fashion Academy' I'm guessing does not exist, so it was a tongue in cheek reference anyway. I know I've seen posters with the same type of 'award'.

I tried to find the threads where we discuss the 'lawsuit', but I found a couple of dead links.

mybulova_admin
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Posted February 8, 2019 - 7:06pm

hmmm the page URL may have been updated.

If you can remember what it/they were let me know the link and I'll check it out.

Considering what Buloiva did to help out the Academy I am surprised by the severity of the action they took.

Geoff Baker
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Posted February 9, 2019 - 8:04am

A reminder - the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  AMPAS ( think "The Oscars") did NOT sue Bulova. The company that sued Bulova was called Academy Award Products. It was a company set up for the express purpose of harassing other businesses that were legitimately marketing products under agreements with the AMPAS. 

Adjacent to this case, as I understand it but not part of it, was a stipulation by Bulova to the Federal Trade Commission that their watches had NOT been awarded an Oscar for their qualities or designs as the Bulova ads appeared to suggest. 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted February 17, 2019 - 6:04pm

Good reminder Geoff, I recall the story better now. 

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Kathy L.
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Posted February 10, 2019 - 11:40am

I can now say it was definitely a tag.  In Shawn's AA watch photos many of his have one.  I just never paid too much attention to them before.  

I might never find a NOS ladies AA so I am glad to have come across this tag.  I am working on building at least one complete package.

Thanks for clarifying that Geoff!

Geoff Baker
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Posted February 10, 2019 - 6:06am

Kathy - Open this advert and expand it. Notice the image in the center of the ladies watches in the bottom row, Look familiar?

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Kathy L.
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Posted February 15, 2019 - 8:07pm

I had never noticed them in ads before!  Looking through I found a couple more too.

plainsmen
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Posted February 16, 2019 - 9:07pm

Yup... we've seen this before. I posted one a few years back with a NOS 1953 Jefferson.

https://www.mybulova.com/watches/1953-jefferson-4532

The little "medal" is actually gold colored plastic molded piece.

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Kathy L.
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Posted February 16, 2019 - 9:23pm

Oh very nice!  It is cool to see how they were used.

Geoff Baker
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Posted February 17, 2019 - 7:58am

HA HA - Jerin, I looked and looked and looked some more because I was CERTAIN that you'd posted about this little 'medal'. I never found it. 

plainsmen
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Posted February 17, 2019 - 5:48pm

Figured you'd remember that one Baker! Hah... as soon as I saw it I remember... oh yeah.. that Jefferson had one... of course it was 7 years ago.

Geoff Baker
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Posted February 18, 2019 - 5:48am

Interestingly enough - I was cleaning out the watch garage last evening and found one of my own!