Bulova 1950 Academy Award

Submitted by WatchCrystals.net on October 4, 2010 - 6:56am
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49 (A9)
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AUTHENTIC Bulova "Academy Award," Watch Model "T," Circa 1950. Powered by the flagship 21 Jewel, 7AK movement (manufactured in 1949) and housed in a RARE 10 karat WHITE gold filled case, with the unique gold filled "corrogated" style dial, sporting black "spear" point hands and odd numeral markers, with a matching black sub second ensemble at six o' clock.

This watch is in excellent overall condition! I also have the matching box set for it as well. (Inner and outer boxes.) Retail price in 1950: $71.50 US.

THIS RARE TIMEPIECE HAS BEEN SOLD...  (On 1.09.11, for the opening bid price of $490.00 US)



My Best :-)  William


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Posted October 21, 2010 - 10:22am

Very nice, a real beauty!!

Posted October 26, 2010 - 4:59am

Hereafter's a partial list of MENS Academy Award models from my crystal file. Mainly from G-S & BB crystal catlgs. The models on the same line, take the same crystals... And I have glass and acrylics, for most of these. Or can alternately source them... if anyone is interested???


Academy Award L (50)

Academy Award Q (50)

Academy Award S (50)

Academy Award : SS, T , V , X (50)

Academy Award W (50)

Academy Award Y (50)

Academy Award Z (50)

Academy Award AA , N (50)

Academy Award AJ (50)

Academy Award BB (50)

Academy Award BH (50)

Academy Award CC (50)

Academy Award GG (50)

Academy Award II (50)

Academy Award LL (50)

Academy Award NN , PP (50)


BEST :-)  William


Posted October 28, 2010 - 3:29pm

Hi William,

I've had and sold a few of these in the white gold with the silver curtain dial. I think the yellow gold one is the scarcer model.

Regards Shawn

Posted January 2, 2011 - 9:03pm

Really? I had an Academy Award collector tell me precisely the opposite!? Well, unless someone finds the production records, this will be even more "speculative" (guessing on Bullys) than claiming various Hamiltons are "scarce to rare" when other models not considered to be, almost never surface???

In my experience to date the "white gold" filled cases seem far less common on most (if not all?) models of Bulovas? And several others have also mentioned, as much... Perhaps these cases were an exception? But this is the only one I've personally ever seen to date?? And I've never seen ANY of the other (more common) "AA" stylized cases, in WGF...

For instance, I also just acquired a 1950/1 "Director" in WGF. And yet I've never seen another one in white... but dozens, in yellow? I don't think more than 5- 10% of Bulova's (or anyone elses?) cases were done in white after around the mid '30s, since the demand was FAR higher for "pink gold" from just before 1940, until the late 40s. Then yellow gold thereafter...

White gold watches, jewelry, etc. have afterall always been less popular than yellow gold, as is isn't "yellow..." (And thereby doesn't look much different from silver, or the platinum group of metals...)


Best :-)  William



Posted January 4, 2011 - 8:24pm

I agree with all that your saying. I have owned at least a half dozen  of the white T model but only one in yellow. Now I have one of each that I'll keep. I also have the NN in both white and yellow. Perhaps I've seen the whites more often because folks still prefer yellow gold and just try to dump the white gold for whatever they can get. Go figure

Posted January 12, 2011 - 5:57am

In reply to by bourg01

Hey Shawn,

Yah... I was just getting my "2+ cents in..." And eBay can be a "indicator," or just as likely moreover a case of "monkey see/do?" And who knows what will turn up where and when?? I have noticed online... that sellers put stuff they have up, after seeing 1+ resale for what they presume to be a fair to good price?

Incidentally... I just resold this watch for what you or Gary might feel is a good price... BUT I think the buyer (in Beverly Hills, no less!) got a SCREAMING DEAL... since Bulova quite likely only released a few hundred+ of these in WGF? I had one collector tell me (and he collects these, apparently?)  that he'd yet to even SEE one in white gold?! So you may want to HANG ON to any others? Especially if they are any of the other Academy Award models!!!


BEST :-)  Scott

Posted January 12, 2011 - 5:52am

William, to help with evaluation purposes you could include the date and sale price in your listing.