Academy Award a.k.a. "Lawsuit" Watch

"ZZ" Model

This Classic high grade Academy Award ZZ Model timepiece was $95 way back in 1951. See original ad below,,,



These Academy Award watches are also know among serious collectors as the Bulova "Law Suit" watches. (see explanation below)


In 1949 Bulova signed a 4 year contract and licensing agreement as the watch supporter of the televised Academy Awards. Bulova paid the Academy $145,000 for this license. To commemorate this relationship in 1949 they began the 1st production run of the Academy Award watch. The relationship only lasted 1 year when the Academy sued Bulova to force them to stop production of the watches that were using advertising terms as "Academy Award Winners".

Below is one of the ads run with words stating

“Famous Bulova Fashion Academy Award Winners” that helped to cause the Academy Award / Bulova Lawsuit.


By 1952 all production had ceased on all Academy Award watches. Many current watch sellers will try and pass off a simple 1949-1953 period Bulova as an original "Academy Award Watch". The originals are 21 Jewel movements. The case should be marked A9, L0, L1 or L2 only. There were a small handful of 1953 (L3) models made,,, but VERY few that were still in the factory at the end of the lawsuit! Over the years we have seen these SUPER SCARCE 100% original Academy Award watches complete with their special Academy Award boxes & hang tags command over $2500 at auction!!


All American Made


5 time Bulova Factory Signed

and Hallmarked


American made High Grade 21 Jewel, Caliber 7-AA,  Fully Adjusted, Precision Manual Wind Movement


All High Polished  10 Karat Yellow Gold Filled case top, sides, scalloped bezel and semi-hooded and fluted lugs. The case measures 22.40mm wide (not counting the stem & crown) by 37.60mm lug to lug.


This Classic timepiece has an excellent condition 100% original fancy 2-tone "four-way", or "hour-glass" dial,,, its original thick Glass 4-way, (or double pyramid)  proper period piece crystal


This classic & scarce has miraculously maintained its original matching bracelet as well as a New Old Stock Kreisler genuine pigskin proper period piece strap.  


CIRCA: 1951


Condition: 90-92%

Excellent Overall

Condition !!

We have seen these Scarce & Rare Academy Award watches online and at auctions sell at prices over $1,000 in only average condition!!


$428.  + S/H


Item # T4625-OOF






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