Description:  1953 Academy Award

Model Name

Academy Award

Case Date


Case Serial


Signature Locations

Inside case, outside case, movement, dial

Case Signature Format

Inside - "Bulova, Fifth Ave, New York"

Outside - "Bulova"


7AA, 21 Jewels, no adjustments indicated

Movement Date Code

1952 (marked A9 and L2)

Case Material Description

10K Gold Filled (yellow)

Case Dimensions

41.5mm lug to lug x 21.3mm without crown

(28.7mm without lugs)

Case Type

Snap back, rectangular

Crystal Specifications

22.5mm x 19.1mm, rectangular (G-S CMX345-10)

Other Details

Hinged lugs

NOTES:  Although I have listed this model as an Academy Award based on the very distinctive dial, the jury is still out on whether that's what this is, versus a watch cobbled together from mismatched parts.  I have never seen another one like this, although I did have a verbal report from someone who claimed to have an identical watch--though she never provided a picture as requested, so I could not verify the report.  The case matches an advertisement for the Mr. Universe (see also 1953 Mr. Universe), and the crystal is listed in G-S Catalog No. 60 as belonging to the Mr. Universe.    However, many of the Academy Award models were supplied with a different dial and renamed in later years, so the fact that this watch matches the Mr. Universe does not settle the question of whether it was classified as an AA in previous years.  From crystal catalogs, we know that there were more than 40 different models in the Academy Award line, yet we currently have advertisements for only a handful of them. Thus, there is much still to be learned about this great series.


To see all Academy Award models in my collection, click here:  Academy Award Models.

For general information about the Academy Award series, read here:  Bulova Academy Award Series.

1953 Academy Award