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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Reverend Rob
Posted October 1, 2012 - 7:45pm

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I've seen other non Bulova watches with the cases, also, Will. I think it's interesting, because the movts are the same ebauche, but with a different company name or jeweller's name on them. It wasn't uncommon for Jewellers to order specific watch and case combos to then stamp with their own name, in fact, Bulova still provides this service to this day. I'm seeing Joseph's hand in here. 

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William Smith
Posted October 8, 2012 - 9:09pm

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A New York newspaper article from October 1922. Source left, article right.

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William Smith
Posted October 8, 2012 - 9:20pm

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Oct 1922 date and Bulova Watch Company vs J Bulova Company.  Could they have co-existed for a while?

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William Smith
Posted October 9, 2012 - 6:09pm

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I'm comfortable with giving this Bulova three ticks confirmed as a "Lady Maxim", but the year is still uncertain.  Must be 1921-22?  The first digit of case serial number to production year doesn't seem to apply to these pre1924 watches.  ...or does it? 

Posted August 27, 2013 - 9:51am

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Reading this again after such a long time reminds me what passionate minds can find if they look hard enough. One of my top 5 forum topics on myBulova.

Never say never!!!!

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William Smith
Posted February 8, 2014 - 5:46pm

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We are certainly passionate, and I haven't said never yet...but I am thinking "Well...almost never, Sir Joseph".   It's a search which we continue.  

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Posted February 9, 2014 - 7:01am

Yes, based on what We know now the subject is more likely to be 1920 +/-. 

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William Smith
Posted July 28, 2015 - 6:30pm

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I reread this entire post (again), and can see how what entered MyBulova as a much-disputed theory morphed over the years into the seeds for our current understanding based on new ads, documents, examples etc...

When, in other records, forum posted, and comments, we discuss what may be an idea, a theory from left field, or just an as-of-yet undocumented argument about something possibly Bulova, I need to keep an open mind to what can come out of the discussion.  Even if some crazy theory is found to be incorrect, how much ancillary info discussed during disproving the theory is correct?  Enough for me to keep speculating, as long as its possible and not too ridiculous.