Hudson Maxim

Bulova 1920 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1920
Movement Model: 
none
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
2352
Case Serial No.: 
5414565
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Star
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

purchased on ebay for $8.33. crystal missing,dial really dirty,hands jammed together,missing the

roman numeral 3.  Case is 14k gold filled. I cleaned it and bought crystal it,now it runs great. So far I

have not been able to find out the year, Bulova W.Co HI. thin 5adj #2352 17 jewels.

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1920 Bulova Hudson Maxim watch
1920 Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch

Bulova 1920 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1920
Movement Model: 
THIN HI
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
2051
Case Serial No.: 
4757935
Case shape: 
Other
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Crystal Details: 
Plastic 38.5mm in diameter
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Greetings all.  I have a Bulova pocket watch that some have identified as a 'railroad watch'. The watch is not operational and the hands are rusted.  The micro-adjuster is missing as well.  I have not dissassembled the watch any further than shown in the pictures.

The date seems to be pre-1918 based on the case stamping of "American Standard W. C. CO" and the "Bulova W. CO." on the movement (if I read the dating pages correctly).  The case is octagonal and measures 42.5mm across.

The case back has an inscription of "9-40-w" below the case mark and also an underlined "1191" with a "B" below the line on the left side.

Thank you,

John

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1920 Bulova watch

Bulova 1921 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1921
Movement Model: 
17AH
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
1209918
Case Serial No.: 
1056623
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I've been working on three pocket watches, one that is definitely a Hudson Maxim, another a probable HM, but they all bear striking similarities, which I will show. 

This watch is in the same serial number range as the Hudson Maxim, and sports a Gold Vermeil dial, in exquisite condition. It is a 17 jewel 17R movt , and I have yet to pin down the actual ebauche, but I am still looking and have several more to compare. The jewels are in gold chatons, and the balance has a fine adjustment with Breguet Overcoil. 

Not a cheap watch, to be sure, but certain elements of its manufacture tell me this was, as you might expect, not the top of the line. I found a poorly set balance jewel, which I corrected, but generally everything was executed well. I added minute quantities of India ink to spots on the black indices, and cleaned the gold dial painstakingly with a tiny sharpened toothpick. 

The plate serial number is different than the one on the barrel bridge, however, the inscribed reference numbers underneath all match the plate number. This is also true of the Hudson Maxim shown below, and I suspect it was a common practice. Why the bridge should have a different number is beyond me, when it is clearly original to the watch.

The crystal, while unlikely to be original, is at least very old, as there are small bubbles in the glass. 

I will include some comparison pics in the comments to show a re-dialed Hudson Maxim, and an Original Hudson Maxim.

After its CTR it is running strong and keeps excellent time. 

I find it interesting that Bulova seems to have limited the pocket watch line to 17''', and these watches look small when seen with other watches from the same time. 

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Bulova 1921 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1921
Movement Model: 
17?
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
1210451
Case Serial No.: 
1076572
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Here we have a nice Hudson Maxim model gent's pocket watch, given by the Kingston Police School's class of 1930 to one of their instructors, a certain Sergeant Charles Phinney. Mr Phinney would later become the Chief of Police in the town of Kingston, Ontario.

I'm still trying to suss the movt ebauche, but it is a high quality, 17 jewel example, with jewels in chatons, and Breguet Overcoil. It has its original case, and was discovered far afield in the State of Texas, in Houston. 

Pictures taken and used here by kind permission of the owner. 

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1920 Hudson Maxim
1921 Bulova watch
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1921 Bulova watch

Bulova 1920 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1920
Movement Model: 
None
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
122958
Case Serial No.: 
56640
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Been looking for one of these since you guys were posting them and I finally snagged one!  Sweet etched dial with what looks to be sunflowers.

Would this be a "John M. Ballard" ?

Movement Marked:

Bulova W. Co.

17 Jewel

5 Adjustments

Swiss

Case Marked:

American Standard

25 Years 

14K Gold Filled

Monogram Quality

 

Also these are the sellers pictures.  I'll get my own when it gets here.  Will take a bit of work to get it up and ticking... but I'm betting Mike it up to the challenge!

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1920 Bulova watch

Bulova 1922 Hudson Maxim

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1922
Movement Model: 
17A
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
120072
Case Serial No.: 
1052076
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case measures 43mm in diameter.

White finish Dial with Silver machine finished center section shows raised Copper Roman numerals. Minute register is composed of a series of raised Silver dots. Dial signature and Seconds register are printed in Black

Hour and Minute Hands are Black Modern style and a Black Modern style Seconds Hand appears on a sub Dial at 6 O'Clock.

Hinged Caseback is stamped as shown.

vintage display ad proclaiming 'The most beautiful Watch in the World'  is Dated Dec 1922.

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