Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Submitted by sonick on February 12, 2014 - 9:24am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
49 (A9)
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case Manufacturer
Crystal Details
Faceted Crystal (4 corner facets)
Additional Information

Watch was presented to my father for graduation in 1961. Presumed to be 1950 model "Academy Award" via information on mybulova.com.  Unknown Variant.

No further provenance is known.

Inner case presents various extra markings, unknown in nature.


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Reverend Rob
Posted February 12, 2014 - 9:48am

Nice AA!

I have exactly the same watch, and we have it ID'd as a "T". Serial numbers are even close, mine is 2936801.

Posted February 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

AA "T" variant. Lovely watch. I have two and will be listing one for sale soon.

Posted February 12, 2014 - 3:01pm

Thank you Reverend Rob!  

I greatly appreciate the info. This watch means a lot in the family, and I plan to have it serviced as it is running far too fast. A cleanup and a new leather band and a family heirloom lives on :)

Posted February 12, 2014 - 3:01pm

wow, nice posting times. Thank you JP :)

Geoff Baker
Posted February 13, 2014 - 5:38am

Academy Award TT is my vote. Curious that a 1951 watch was presented in 1961. I think it's wonderful that you still have it,  a keepsake from you father is very special.

Posted February 13, 2014 - 11:06pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I found that odd too; the lapse in time between manufacture and presentation to my father that is.

I spoke with my parents today and gleaned a bit more info:   The watch was definitely purchased in Elgin, IL. This is where both of my parents are from;  at least from teen years forward.  (my mom worked at Elgin watch, so I have an interest in those as well)

It was likely purchased at a store named "Kresge" in Elgin.  

My parents seem to think it is most likely that the watch just happened to be in Kresge's inventory for that full amount of time until it was finally purchased.  No way to verify, unfortunately.

Just figured I'd add that tidbit, as I always find it interesting to read about how others' watches ultimately made it to them.

Thanks again, great site BTW admin.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 14, 2014 - 6:07am

In reply to by sonick

Actually the inventory story makes perfect sense. I have no doubt that is exactly what happened. Knowing these stories are what makes the family heirlooms even more special. What did your mother do at Elgin? Incidentally, SS Kresge opened his first store in Detroit, Michigan in 1899. In 1977 the company was renamed K-Mart and is still in business today.

Posted February 13, 2014 - 2:44pm

Nice AA "T". We don't see too many of these in white GF. I have one as well but the serial # is far lower, 1676534. I'm beggining to think that there must be alot more of them out there unless Bulova just used an escalating # system across all models. Hmmm.

Posted February 13, 2014 - 4:43pm

Prefect match for the Bulova Academy Award 'T'. Band and all.