Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

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 Recently acquired this one... a real Mystery! 1924 is a guess. Movement is 8 1/2 lignes, case is 18K non-Bulova. I found a post on NAWCC site about a similar Lady Maxim (no photo). The case was 14K gold filled, but had the same manufacturer's stamp. Is this a BULOVA, or was it made for another company by BULOVA??

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J. Bulova Company. Makers of the Famous Lady Maxim and Rubaiyat Watches.


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Posted February 5, 2012 - 10:35pm

Did you get the info I sent you Admin.??

Posted February 6, 2012 - 4:37am

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TM, was is the date code on the movement?

You have 1924 but I cannot see the *.

As I have previously stated a number of times I believe this watch is pre 1924 and possibly even 1921/1922.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 4:12pm

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 10:26pm

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any guesses on the apx date of the Favre / Bulova movement just posted above?

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Posted March 2, 2013 - 1:52pm

The date is scratched into the movement holder in Roman Numerals, but I can't quite make them out.

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Posted March 2, 2013 - 2:55pm

I'm not sure but the first symbol on the case looks like a triangle/delta. The other 2 are III and VIII which match the last 2 digits in the case back serial #, 38. The Delta could represent the 0 preceding the 38. This would be consistent with similar marks found on these early cases. At any rate I don't think they have anything to do with the movement.

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Posted April 20, 2012 - 12:26am

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Mid twenties. Aegler. Sourced by Bulova from Gruen through Favre. Marc Favre use the Gruen 126 as their cal 126. There is another similar thread I just posted some info on. it will appear in the recent column. 

For what it's worth, I have a lot of twenties watches, and some very well known makers left their brand name off the dial, no idea why. Possibly they were supplying watches to jeweller's to have the jeweller's name put on, which was a common practice. The lack of name may mean these watches never ended up at said jeweller's, or were sold nameless as supplied. I'm not saying Bulova was doing this, they weren't. But it may have been a trend at the time to have different dial markings, it would depend who they were sourcing their dials from, I have seen engraved dials with no room for any name marking. Bulova was making their own dials at the factory in the US in 1930, but prior to this, were probably sourcing them from somewhere. 

The original post pic is of an AS 340, which was used by Bulova and called the 10B.

Posted April 20, 2012 - 3:02am

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This is still a pre 1924 watch IMO and one of Bulova's earlier ladies watches. Everyone knows my feelings on this model. Hopefully we will find documentation to prove or disprove my beliefs.

Posted May 27, 2012 - 6:59am

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I knew one day that we'd be a step closer to proving that this watch is infact an authentic Buolva watch.

This advert clearly shows that Bulova did in fact use the name Lady Maxim. (bottom left)

Dec. 15, 1935 - The Hartford Courant

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 7:41am

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These new ads are great.  Good eye on the Lady Maxim. 1935, but the name has been used by Bulova.