Bulova 1952 Academy Award

Submitted by davep on September 4, 2020 - 4:23pm
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Acadamy Award 'O' ?  10K gold filled case and back , nice and clean, balance replaced  now running ok , Speidel band 

Bulova 1952
Bulova 1952
Bulova 1952
Posted September 4, 2020 - 5:31pm

By case date it is a 1952 (L2). That being said, it is indeed an

Academy Award "O"

Beautiful watch indeed!


Posted September 4, 2020 - 6:22pm

Academy Award "O"

Posted September 4, 2020 - 9:43pm

Only known round mens Bulova Academy Award model, the "O" variant.  

1950 Bulova Academy Award "O" watch

Geoff Baker
Posted September 4, 2020 - 10:05pm

Yes, very distinctive. 1952 Bulova Academy Award O

Posted September 4, 2020 - 10:07pm

Yup looks to be a 1952 Bulova Academy Award "O".  Very nice find.

Posted September 6, 2020 - 6:57am

Well there is that Oscar Statue in the ad appearing as if Bulova won the Oscar again, yes the one that got them into big trouble. This was the beginning of the end of The Bulova Academy Award watch model. I call the watches The Lawsuit Model... I always add an extra few hundred dollars just because of the story. I have asked The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to build a little kiosk in the new Academy Museum in tribute to the watches and all they do is laugh at the thought. The key is to find an Actor that actually was given one of these Oscar Night. Your watch is 1952 so find out whom won for best Actor that night... it ads greatness to the story and mystery of these cool watches. 

Rare Oval bezel, no golden curtain dial.. looks correct, get rid of that cheap expansion band and find a 50's tan leather or reptile Bulova signed band and you are there. The academy award Watch cases are selling on e-bay for more than the watches!

John V / Time & Again 


Geoff Baker
Posted September 6, 2020 - 10:19pm

In reply to by JEV1A

John - the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences never sued Bulova. In fact Bulova bailed them out of foreclusure on their offices in return for the rights to use the Oscar name in advertising. In the future the Academy asked for and received a stipulation that Bulova stop using their name. There was a firm the DID sue Bulova named Academy Awards Products. The firm had been incorporated exclusively for the purposes of gaining a legal stettlement from Bulova and was not affiliated with the AMPAS in any way. THEIR lawsuit was dismissed as fraudulent.

Kathy L.
Posted September 7, 2020 - 5:13pm

Nice AA "O"

1952 Bulova Academy Award "O"