Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on January 19, 2011 - 5:04am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Date Code
49 (A9)
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case color
Case Manufacturer
Crystal details
GS MX2166 / 21.6 x 17.5
Watch Description

Signed 5x Dated 2x: Distinct 'Academy Award' ribbed Case measures 37mm lug to lug X 22mm wide non inclusive of the Crown while using Calipers. Two tone Harlequinn or 'X' Dial shows raised Gilt Arabic numerals and Bulova logo with Black printed tracks. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Modern style and a Gilt Modern style Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial totally obscuring the 6. Crown signed Bulova.  Caseback is Gold stamped Bulova L0 (1950) and Bulova 5th Ave New York inside. 21 Jewel 7AA movement with Breguet Hairspring stamped A9 (1949). Matching Kreisler Bracelet.

*Restoration project: Found in a drawer after many Years. Dial shows age from Years of missing a Crystal and will be replaced or refinished. Movement appears untouched, winds, sets and runs perfectly. 100% Original.

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Posted February 3, 2011 - 7:27am

HMMM... Academy case, the '49 (7AA) movement  (Applied Gold Numerals) and NOT an "X" dial?!  Here we see YET ANOTHER variable, on the "for sale to the general public" theme???

 I may well have an ad snipet of an "SS?" BUT,  does ANYONE have an "applied gold numeral" ORIGINAL 1950, 51 or '52 dial, in this case... with a 7AA or AK???

Perhaps Shawn, Gary and/or someone else has had one+ of these???


Best :-)  Scott

Wayne Hanley
Posted February 20, 2011 - 3:42pm

In reply to by WatchCrystals.net

I just received a 1950 7AA movement with X dial, in a 1951 ribbed case, with applied numbers and black printed BULOVA.  I have it listed as an Unknown, what is the correct name for this watch?


Posted February 5, 2011 - 6:13pm

 That SS crystal is actually for the Excellency SS which stands for "Superb Style".  (bell lug model that goes by other model names also)



Posted February 5, 2011 - 6:24pm

Have we mis-id this as a SS model?

Posted February 5, 2011 - 7:46pm


It has the 'X' dial but it cant be seen in the pic above.  - Very faint due to the amount of time spent without glass.

* Also note the applied Gilt Bulova Dial logo, not printed as some I have seen.



Possibly, there is an SS variant of  the Acadamy Awards. Crystal shown fits like a glove, but admittidly looks a little out of place.

Q: With the X dial why would this style not be the 'X' variant?

Posted February 6, 2011 - 6:24am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

 I believe that this style had a plain crystal, no bevelled sides etc. This size crystal fits many bulova models, some are flat some have a ptched centre, some are like this and some have a domed top, all are invariably the same dimensions, basically you can pick and choose which you think looks nicest with these.

Just a few GS numbers to throw out there cmx 326-35F  (quartered with pointed centre)  CMX326-35G (pitched across the middle width ways) CMX326-35 (domed across)  CMX 325-36 (bevelled sides)

Posted February 6, 2011 - 6:46am

In reply to by GVP


I found a WC P10A 216 175 in the 'stash' that snapped in nicely but still stands off the face a little too much?

I know the Crystal catalogues show an 'X' variant glass with the same dimensions as similar Acadamy Award models, what are Your thoughts on this being the 'X' variant?

The Dial certainly fits the bill.

Posted February 6, 2011 - 3:14pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

 I agree with the assumption that the dial would make it a X varient. I have seen other "academy watches" with this cross dial too.

 I have a good collection of mens academy's 3/4 different kinds of mens and two kinds of ladies, all mens rectangular ones seem to take a flat top crystal. I have not yet found a replacement that doesn't sit up some.

Posted February 5, 2011 - 8:16pm

Mark, are you planning on cleaning up the dial. It will look amazing when done. I love all the gold.