c. 1950's Bulova Wristwatch with Scalloped Case and hour glass two-tone dial one of the Academy Award 'P' watch. A watch for men or women with a nicely scalloped or pie-crimpled 10kt gold plated case. The two-tone hour glass dial adds great style with raised gold hour markers, minute hands and aux. seconds at 6 o'clock. This manual wind, 21 jewel, 7AA Bulova movement is signed, as is the dial and crown (triple signed). Fitted with a new genuine leather strap and matching gold tone buckle and ready to wear.
CONDITION: The condition is excellent. The watch is running well and keeping time but will need a service as its been sitting. The crystal is excellent with only fine age appropriate wear. . There is very light soil under bezel cover.
SIZE: Nice full size watch measures 38mm lug to lug and 22mm wide without crown.
In addition to being available to the general public, these were apparently given out to the nominees in the early 50's. I decided to wear this today, as I haven't in a while. Keeps excellent time and is almost 60 years old... I will have to take a picture of the Original Bakelite "Oscar" Stage Case
In 1949, academy director Margaret Herrick authorized a four-year contract with Bulova watches for the film organization's first commercial license. The manufacturer paid the academy $145,000 (a little more than $1 million in 2007 dollars) to create an exclusive line of Academy Award watches.
"The academy was a very hand-to-mouth organization at the time," said Davis of the choice to leverage Oscar. "And all that money went to paying off its headquarters, which was then on Melrose. But more importantly, the license with Bulova meant that it would be in Bulova's best interest to fight off infringements with its own legal department, which was significantly larger than the academy's. So they believed that this would finally put an end to all the illegal products out there."
But when the company began running ads touting that its Academy Award watch had a "winning" design, the academy charged it with "perpetrating a fraud" on the public.
Arguing that Oscar's symbolic value had been diminished because people would assume that Bulova had earned an Oscar for "best watch design," the academy aligned with the Federal Trade Commission to break its contract with the company two years early. (Some of those watches now appear on EBay selling for as much as $2,500.)
Read more: http://www.watchophilia.com/photogallery/bulovas-1950-1959/a1950-academy-award-z/#!
Buyer responsibilities: While I do my best to describe any potential flaws with equal attention to its attributes, please use the zoom feature to examine the item to make a determination if this meets your standards for vintage and antique items being offered. Email should you have any questions or require more information.
Andrea, your store is a wonderful treasure trove and your knowledge and class are of a scholarly collector.
I am a university research professor with an eye for detail. I have never seen any vendor with your level of exquisite scholarship. Just like your fine objets d'art, your descriptions are crafted with masterful finesse; it is such a pleasure reading them and it is also a great learning experience. Thanks again! Patrick
From the first time I watched Astaire and Rogers float across a dance floor as a young girl, I have loved art deco design, art, fashion and jewelry. So bold and beautiful, and so different from anything that came before it. Art deco changed social and design sensibilities forever. A lifetime collector of high quality antiques and vintage, I started by making contacts, researching and learning. Picking the best of the best, I live with art deco and vintage decor and used to wear the fashions of the day. To say that I feel in love is an understatement. I reveled in the fact that I was able to reflect my unique style and sensibilities with a marriage of old and new. What you see in my shop is my personal collection. Since I was in my teens I have bought what pleases me, what I find beautiful and unique, and the things that speak to me on a creative level. I hope that you can see and feel the passion and love that I feel for antiques and vintage pieces and share with you. You will find art deco, collectible and vintage fine art paintings, original illustrations and magazine covers, home decor, marble, alabaster and metal lamps, nude flapper table lamps, sterling silver decorative accents and tableware for the home and entertaining, designer and estate jewelry and fine vintage watches in my shop.