Academy Award

"Z" Model "Still In The Box" Extremely Scarce and Rare!


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”


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!!



Below is an original 1950 full color ad promoting the new Academy Award "Z" watch.




Special Excellent Condition Academy Award 'Golden Curtain' Dial



100% All Original right down to the original J B Champion Yellow Gold Filled bracelet!!



All American Made 



4 time Bulova Factory Signed

and Hallmarked



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


All High Polished  10 Karat Yellow Gold Filled ridged, or ribbed case top, sides, bezel and bold drop lugs. The case measures 21.85mm wide (not counting the stem & crown) by 36.80mm lug to lug.


Original Factory thick  Glass Crystal Still in the special Original Academy Award Box!!!


CIRCA: 1950


Condition: 90-94%

Excellent Overall Condition!!


$638.  + S/H 


We only found 1 other Academy Award "Z" watch for sale anywhere on the Internet. It had the gold worn through the tops of the lugs,,, no original bracelet & no special Academy Award box. It was being offered for $880.  Buy from a 40 year American vintage timepiece specialist get the finest & SAVE $$!!


Item # T4213-LIL







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